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Full text of "At the beautiful gate and other songs of faith"

HT THE BEAUTIFUL G 





FROM THE LIBRARY OF 



REV. LOUIS FITZGERALD BENSON, D. D. 



BEQUEATHED BY HIM TO 



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BY 

LUCY LARCOM 




BOSTON AND NEW YORK 

HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY 

t|l liitocrsi&e press, Cambridge 

1S92 



Copyright, 1892, 
By LUCY LARCOM. 

All rights reserved. 



The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., U. S. A. 
Electrotyped and Printed by H. O. Houghton & Co. 



TO MY DEAREST SISTER 

EMELIXE, 

WHO TAUGHT MY CHILDHOOD TO SEE THAT 

POETRY AND RELIGION ARE ONE, 

I DEDICATE 

THIS COLLECTION OF MY SONGS AND HYMNS. 

WHICH HAS JUST MISSED 

HER EARTHLY APPROVAL. 



E. A. S. 

Passed hence, Sunday, July 17, 1892. 

My Sister-Spirit, given to me 

To love me with an angeVs love, 
Whom I no more on earth shall see, 

I claim thee, in thy house above ! 

Our love had roots beyond the earth, 
Though planted by one roof-tree here ; 

Where now thou art it had its birth, — 
Beside Life's River, cool and clear. 

And by its fragrance in my heart — 
The breath of an immortal flower — 

I know we are not far apart ; 
So life grows sweeter, hour by hour. 

God gives to us the Love He is : 
No spray of this true Vine can die : 

Loving as He loves, we are His ; 
This is our immortality. — 

Dear Saviour-Friend, Immanuel, 
In whom all other friends we find, 

With us as with our angels dwell, 
Nor let them leave us far behind ! 

So well she knew Thy Face Divine, 
We felt her life Thy Presence prove : 

O hide our lives with hers, in Thine .' 
For Thou art Heaven, since Thou art Love ! 



PREFATORY NOTE. 



The suggestion by friends, that such of the wri- 

are of an especially serious and de- 
votional character should be brought together in a 
small volume, has led to the following collection. 
Many of these — more than a third, perhaps — 
have been written since the complete (Household) 
edition of her poems was published, about ten years 
ago. and are not included in that edition. Others 
are now for the tirst time in print. In selecting 
from her more recent verses, as well as from those 
which have become somewhat familiar, choice has 
been made chiefly of such as may be called hymns, 
being at once lyrical and devotional : and also of 
such as have borne the test of a somewhat wide 
approval. 

They do not claim to be songs or hymns in any 

.though a number of them have 

been included in hymn-books, both here and in 

England. The th <me of them are drawn 

from nature and from friendship, as well 



VI r HE FA TORY NOTE 

religion ; and some of them may be regarded sim- 
ply as meditations. But hymns may be written 
either to read or to sing ; and sometimes not even 
to read aloud, but only for the wordless response 
of feeling and thought, — the truest singing being 
indeed but a voice-rendering of this silent inner 
melody. That nature and human affection belong 
to our most sacred inspirations, scarcely needs to 
be affirmed. 

Just as this book was ready for the press, the 
sad tidings came of the withdrawal from earth of 
one from whom the writer received her earliest 
encouragement to publish her collected verses, — 
one whose approbation has always been far more 
to her than any public recognition. It is with deep 
regret that this volume is sent forth lacking the 
personal word of benediction from our beloved poet 
Whittier, never hitherto withheld from a book of 
hers, — with sincere sorrow that the friendly coun- 
sel and sympathy, always so generously given, can 
never again be expected or received. In adding 
the verses upon the concluding page, the volume is 
associated, in the only way now possible, with a 
friendship which has given her whole life a stronger 
hold upon immortality, — with a memory most hal- 
lowed and most dear. 

The poem entitled " Elizabeth," though hardly 
to be classified as song or hymn, seems naturally to 






PREFATORY NOTE vn 

find a place beside "Withdrawal/ 5 thus linking the 
memory of two lives always thought of as one by 
those who knew them best, now reunited beyond 
the Beautiful Gate that opens into the Unseen. 

The poet's last word to the writer — in an unfin- 
ished letter — was a warm approval of her recent 
volumes. " As it is -in Heaven." and '-The Unseen 
Friend." To know this may add to the value of 
those little books with readers who have given 
them so cordial a welcome ; some of whom may 
make a place beside the two for this collection of 
the author's verses on sacred themes, as a not unfit- 
ting companion. 

Beverly. Mass.. October, 1892. 



CONTENTS 



PAGE 

AT THE BEAUTIFUL GATE ...... 1 

THE HEAVENWARD CALL 3 

SHOW ME THY WAY 4 

THY KINGDOM COME 

GOD IN CHRIST G 

THE IMMORTAL NOW 7 

FORETASTE 9 

INDWELLING 10 

THE INMOST ONE 11 

ALIVE LN THEE 12 

MY ANGEL-DRESS 14 

4 'AS STRANGERS AND PILGRIMS '' . . . . 15 

HAND IN HAND WITH ANGELS 16 

god's BEST GIFT 19 

in the air 20 

a thanksgiving 21 

the immortal voyager 28 

climbing to rest 25 

prayer on the mountain 26 

song-wefts 27 

the still hour 29 

w1ntkr midnight 31 

a white world 32 

a heart's prayer 34 



x CONTENTS 

THY WILL BE DONE 35 

PRAYING ALWAYS 30 

BURDENED 38 

IN SORROW 39 

OUR PRAYERS 40 

HELPER AND FRIEND 41 

IN THE DARK 42 

THEE ONLY 43 

AT THY FEET 44 

SAVED 45 

purified 46 

" even as he is pure " 47 

"be ye therefore perfect" .... 48 

the king at the door 50 

the seeker 51 

" himself he cannot save " 52 

beside the cross 54 

nearer to christ 55 

the lamb that was slain 56 

easter: sunset and sunrise 58 

christ is arisen 59 

as a flower 60 

ring, happy bells ! 61 

the new song 62 

our christ 63 

his birthday 64 

woman's christmas 65 

woman's easter 67 

the lily of the resurrection .... 68 

"ye shall live also" 70 

the heart of god 71 

his church 75 

the blessed company 76 



CONTENTS xi 

11 IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME " 78 

AT THE FEAST 79 

OUR DAILY BREAD 79 

" MY CUP RUNNETH OVER " 81 

HYMNS OF A DAY: 

DAWN 82 

noontlde 82 

nightfall 83 

sunrise in the city 84 

children's june song 86 

wanderers' hymn 87 

a canticle in war, a. d. 1863 88 

life is growth 91 

his star in the west 92 

glimpses 94 

WHY LIFE IS SWEET 96 

MORE LIFE 97 

DRAWING NEARER 99 

ACROSS THE RIVER 102 

A YEAR IN HEAVEN 104 

NEAR SHORE 106 

LOVE'S LATE REMORSE 108 

FOR LARGER LIVES 110 

THE PERFECT WORD 112 

A DOOR OPENED 113 

TRANSFIGURED 114 

ELIZABETH 115 

WITHDRAWAL 117 



AT THE BEAUTIFUL GATE. 

Lord, open the door, for I falter, 

I faint in this stifled air ; 
In dust and straitness I lose my breath ; 
This life of self is a living death : 
Let me in to Thy pastures broad and fair, 
To the sun and the wind from Thy mountains free ; 

Lord, open the door to me ! 

There is holier life, and truer, 

Than ever my heart has found : 
There is nobler work than is wrought within 
These walls so charred by the fires of sin, 
Where I toil like a captive blind and bound : 
An open door to a freer task 

In Thy nearer smile, I ask. 

Yet the world is Thy field, Thy garden ; 

On earth art Thou still at home. 
When Thou bendest hither Thy hallowing eye, 
My narrow work-room seems vast and high, 
Its dingy ceiling a rainbow dome. 
Stand ever thus at my wide-swung door, 

And toil will be toil no more ! 

Through the rosy portals of morning, 
Now the tides of sunshine flow : 



2 AT THE BEAUTIFUL GATE 

O'er the blossoming earth and the glistening sea, 
The praise Thou inspirest rolls back to Thee ; 
Its tones through the infinite arches go ; 
Yet, crippled and dumb, behold me wait, 
Dear Lord, at the Beautiful Gate ! 

I wait for Thy hand of healing ; 

For vigor and hope in Thee. 
Open wide the door, — let me feel the sun ! 
Let me touch thy robes ! — I shall rise and run 
Through Thy happy universe, safe and free, 
Where in and out Thy beloved go, 

Nor want nor wandering know. 

Thyself art the Door, Most Holy ! 

By Thee let me enter in ! 
I press toward Thee with my failing strength : 
Unfold Thy love in its breadth and length ! 
True life from Thine let my spirit win ! 
To the saints' fair City, the Father's Throne, 

Thou, Lord, art the way alone. 

From the deeps of unseen glory 

Now I feel the flooding light. 
O rare sweet winds from Thy hills that blow ! 
O River so calm in its crystal flow ! 
O Love unfathomed — the depth, the height ! 
What joy wilt Thou not unto me impart, 

When Thou shalt enlarge my heart ! 

To be made with Thee one spirit, 
Is the boon that I lingering ask : 



THE HEAVES WARD CALL \ 

To have no bar 'twixt my soul and Thine ; 
My thoughts to echo Thy will divine ; 
Myself Thy servant, for any task. — 
Life ! life ! I may enter, through Thee, the Door, 
Saved, sheltered forevermore ! 



THE HEAVENWARD CALL. 

What shall I do. my Lord, my God, 
To make my life worth more to Thee ? 

Within my heart, through earth abroad, 
Deep voices stir and summon me. 

Through strange confusions of the time 
I hear Thy beckoning call resound : 

There is a pathway more sublime 

Than yet my laggard feet have found. 

My coward heart, my flagging feet, 
They hold me in bewildering gloom : 

Come Thou my stumbling steps to meet, 
And lift me unto larger room ! 

The dearest voice may lead astray : 

Speak Thou ! Thy word my guide shall be, 

Oh, not from life and men away, 

But through them, with them, up to Thee. 

It is not much these hands can do : 
Keep Thou my spirit close to Thine. 

Till every thought Thy love throbs through, 
And all my words breathe truth divine ! 



SHOW ME THY WAY 

With souls that seek Thy pure abode, 
Let my unfaltering soul aspire ! 

Make me a radiance on the road ; 
A bearer of Thy sacred fire ! 



SHOW ME THY WAY. 

Dark the night, the snow is falling ; 
Through the storm are voices calling ; 
Guides mistaken and misleading, 
Far from home and help receding : 
Vain is all those voices say : 
Show me Thy way ! 

Blind am I as those who guide. me; 
Let me feel Thee close beside me ! 
Come as light into my being ! 
Unto me be eyes, All-Seeing! 

Hear my heart's one wish, I pray : 
Show me Thy way ! 

Son of Man and Lord Immortal, 
Opener of the heavenly portal. 
In Thee all my hope is hidden ; 
Never yet was soul forbidden 

Near Thee, close to Thee, to stay : 
Show me Thy way ! 

Thou art Truth's eternal morning ; 
Led by Thee, all evil scorning. 
Through the paths of pure salvation, 



THY KINGDOM COME 

I shall find Thy habitation, 

Whence I never more shall stray : 
Show me Thy way ! 

Thou must lead me, and none other ; 
Truest Lover, Friend, and Brother, 
Thou art my soul's shelter, whether 
Stars gleam out, or tempests gather : 
In Thy presence night is day : 
Show me Thy way! 



THY KINGDOM COME. 

SOMETIMES a vision comes to me 
Of what Thy world was meant to be ; 
Thy beauty all things shining through, 
Thy love in all the works we do. 

I shade my spirit's dazzled sight 
Before the splendor of that light : 
Earth crowned with heaven's pure diadem, 
The Bride, the new Jerusalem ! 

For this alone didst Thou descend, 
O Son of God, man's glorious Friend, 
From Thy dear Father's throne of bliss ; — 
That human life might be as His. 

Thy Kingdom come, our souls within ! 
Where Thou art, is no room for sin : 
Oh. show us what our lives may be, 
Led home to Him. by following Thee ! 



GOD IN CHRIST 



GOD IN CHRIST. 



Thou far-off, eternal God, 

Within all life, beyond all thought, 

We seek Thee through Thy worlds abroad ; 
Thy footsteps trace, but find Thee not ; 

All forms of being Thou dost fill, 

A strange, retreating Mystery still. 

Far-off Thou art, and yet most near ! 

Thou comest in Christ our souls to meet, 
A Presence close and warm and dear; 

A Sympathy, a Friendship sweet ; 
One with ourselves in Him Thou art ; — 
Our Father, with a Brother's heart. 

The Source of all the tenderness 

Whereof our lonely souls have dreamed, — 
A boundless Power and Will to bless, — 

Thy Life into our lives hath streamed. 
We grope not through the void alone ; 
Thou callest us, claim est us for Thine own. 

Into Thy hand Thou takest ours ; 

We lean our weary hearts on Thine ; 
Our inmost thoughts, our utmost powers 

Unfold within Thy Light Divine : 
And in the Spirit of Thy Son 
Our little lives with Thine are one. 

Thy mysteries deepen and increase ; 
Beyond our path we cannot see ; 



THE IMMORTAL NOW 

Christ is our Refuge and our Peace ; 

Through Him we are at home with Thee ; 
In Him we know Thee as Thou art : — 
Thou lovest us with a human Heart ! 



THE IMMORTAL NOW. 

Sit not blindfold. Soul, and sigh 
For the immortal By-and-by ! 
Dreamer, seek not heaven afar 
On the shores of some strange star ! 
This a star is — this, thine Earth ! 
Here the germ awakes to birth 
Of God's sacred life in thee — 
Heir of immortality ! 

Inmost heaven its radiance pours 
Round thy windows, at thy doors, 
Asking but to be let in ; 
Waiting to flood out thy sin ; 
Offering thee unfailing health, 
Love's refreshment, boundless wealth : 
Voices at thy life's gate say, 
" Be immortal, Soul, to-day ! " 

Thou canst shut the splendor out ; 
Darken every room with doubt ; 
From the entering angels hide 
Under tinseled wefts of pride ; 
While the pure in heart behold 
God in every flower unfold ; 



THE IMMORTAL NOW 

While the poor His kingdom share, 
Reigning with Him everywhere. 

Oh, let Christ and sunshine in ! 
Let His love its sweet way win ! 
Nothing human is too mean 
To receive the King unseen : 
Not a pleasure or a care 
But celestial robes may wear ; 
Impulse, thought, and action may 
Live immortally to-day. 

Balance not in scales of time 
Deathless destinies sublime ! 
What vague future can weigh down 
This great Now that is thine own ? 
Love were miserly that gave 
Only gifts beyond the grave. 
Heaven makes every earth-plant thrive ; 
All things are in God alive. 

Oh, the stifled bliss and mirth 
At the weary heart of Earth, 
We, her children, might awake ! 
Songs would from her bosom break ; 
Toil, unfettered from its curse, 
God's glad purpose would rehearse, 
If with Him we understood 
Of creation — " It is good." 

Soul, perceive thy perfect hour ! 
Let thy life burst into flower ! 



FOBETASTE 

Heaven is opening to bestow 

More than thou canst think or know. 

Now to thy true height arise ! 

Enter now thy Paradise ! 

In to-day, to-morrow see, 

Now is immortality ! 



FORETASTE. 

How do I know that after this 

Another life there is ? 
Another life ? There is but one ! 

In mystery begun, 
Continued in a miracle, God's breath, 
The living soul, spells not the name of death. 

How know I that I am alive ? 

So only as I thrive 
On truth, whose sweetness keeps the soul 

Vigorous and pure and whole : 
Heaven's health within is immortality ; 
The life that is, and evermore shall be. 

To grasp the Hereafter is not mine ; 

And yet a Voice divine 
Hath, page by page, interpreted 

Time's book, while I have read : 
And, as my heart in wisdom shall unfold, 
Secrets of unseen heavens shall I be told. 

To Thy Beyond no fear I give ; 
Because Thou livest, I live, 



10 INDWELLING 

Unsleeping Friend ! Why should I wake, 

Troublesome thought to take 
For any strange to-morrow ? In Thy hand. 
Days and eternities like flowers expand. 

Odors from blossoming worlds unknown 

Across my path are blown ; 
Thy robes trail hither myrrh and spice 

From farthest paradise ; 
I walk through Thy fair universe with Thee, 
And sun me in Thine immortality. 



INDWELLING. 

O Spirit, whose name is the Saviour, 
Come enter this spirit of mine, 

And make it forever Thy dwelling, 
A home wherein all things are Thine ! 

O Son of the Father Eternal, 

Once with us, a Friend and a Guest, 

Abide in Thine own human mansion, 
Its Joy and its Hope and its Rest ! 

Leave in me no darkness unlighted, 
Unwarmed by Thy truth's holy fire ; 

No thought which Thou canst not inhabit, 
No purpose Thou dost not inspire ! 

Shut in unto silence, my midnight 
Is dawn, if Thy Presence I see ; 



THE IX MOST ONE 11 

When I open my doors to Thy coming, 

Lo ! all things are radiant with Thee. 

Oh, what is so sweet as to love Thee, 
And live with Thee always in sight ? 

Lord, enter this house of my heing, 
And fill every room with Thy light ! 



THE INMOST ONE. 

How near to me, my God, thou art ! 
Felt in the throbbing of my heart, 
Nearer than my own thoughts to me : 
Nothing is real, without Thee ! 

Thy perfect light makes morning fair, 
Thy breath is freshness in the air ; 
The glory Thou of star and sun. 
Thou Soul of souls, Thou Inmost One ! 

With feverish restlessness and pain 
We strive to shut Thee out, in vain ; 
To darkened heart and rebel will 
Thou art the one clear Day spring still. 

Eyes art Thou unto us, the blind : 
We turn to Thee, ourselves to find ; 
We set ajar no door of prayer 
But Thou art waiting entrance there. 

Within me, — nearer far than near. — 
Through every thought Thy voice I hear : 



12 ALIVE IX THEE 

My whole life welcomes Thy control ; 
Immanuel ! God within my soul ! 

Thou fillest my being's hidden springs, 
Thou givest my wishes heavenward wings ; 
I live Thy life, I breathe Thy breath ; 
Nor part nor lot have I with death. 



ALIVE IN THEE. 

Into the heaven of Thy heart, O God, 

I lift up my life, like a flower ; 
Thy light is deep, and Thy love is broad, 

And I am not the child of an hour. 

As a little blossom is fed from the whole 

Vast depth of unfathomed air, 
Through every fibre of thought my soul 

Reaches forth, in Thyself to share. 

I dare to say unto Thee, my God, 
Who hast made me to climb so high, 

That I shall not crumble away with the clod : 
I am Thine, and I cannot die ! 

The throb of Thy infinite life I feel 

In every beat of my heart ; 
Upon me hast Thou set eternity's seal ; 

Forever alive, as Thou art. 

I know not Thy mystery, O my God, 
Nor yet what my own life means, 



ALIVE IN THEE 13 

That feels after Thee, through the mould and the 
sod, 
And the darkness that intervenes. 

But I know that I live, since I hate the wrong, 

The glory of truth can see ; 
Can cling to the right with a purpose strong, 

Can love and can will with Thee. 

And I feel Thee through other lives, my God, 

That into Thyself have grown, 
And are filled with the sweetness of Thine abode, 

With the light that is all Thine own. 

Because I have known the human heart 

And its heavenly tenderness, 
I am sure that Thou with Thy children art : 

They bless me as Thou dost bless. 

Shall I doubt Thy breath which I breathe, my God ? 

Shall I reason myself into dust ? 
Thy Word flows fresh through the earth abroad ; 

My soul to Thy Soul I trust ! 

Thou hast entered into humanity, 

And hast made it, like Thee, divine ; 

And the grave and corruption it shall not see, 
This Holy One that is Thine ! 



14 MY ANGEL-DRESS 



MY ANGEL-DRESS. 

Heavenly Father, I would wear 
Angel-garments, white and fair : 
Angel-vesture undefiled 
Wilt Thou give unto Thy child ? 

Not a robe of many hues, 
Such as earthly fathers choose ; 
Discord weaves the gaudy vest : 
Not in such let me be drest. 

Take the raiment soiled away 
That I wear with shame to-day : 
Give my angel-robe to me, 
White with heavenly purity ! 

Take away my cloak of pride, 
And the worthless rags ? t would hide : 
Clothe me in my angel-dress, 
Beautiful with holiness ! 

Perfume every fold with love, 
Hinting heaven where'er I move ; 
As an Indian vessel's sails 
Whisper of her costly bales. 

Let me wear my white robes here, 
Even on earth, my Father dear, 
Holding fast Thy hand, and so 
Through the world unspotted go. 



"AS STRANGERS AND PILGRIMS" 15 

Let me now my white robes wear : 
Then I need no more prepare, 
All apparelled for my home 
TVhensoe'er Thou callest, 4 * Come ! " 

Thus apparelled, I shall be 
As a signal set for Thee. 
That the wretched and the weak 
May the same fair garments seek. 

" Buy of Me ! " I hear Thee say ; 
I have naught wherewith to pay, 
But I give myself to Thee ; 
Clothed, adopted I shall be. 



"AS STRANGERS AND PILGRIMS.' 

As strangers, glad for this good inn, 
Where nobler wayfarers have been ; 
Yet asking but a little rest : 
Earth may not keep her spirit-guest. 

As those whom no entangling bond 
Must draw from life and love beyond : 
Strangers to all that lures astray 
From one plain path, the homeward way. 

How must the pilgrim's load be borne ? 
With staggering limbs, and look forlorn ? 
His Guide chose all that load within : 
There 's need of everything, but sin. 



16 HAND IN HAND WITH ANGELS 

So, trusting Him whose love he knows, 
Singing along the road he goes ; 
And nightly of his burden makes 
A pillow till the morning breaks. 

How thinks the pilgrim of his way ? 
As wanderers homesick and astray ? 
The starlight and the dew he sees ; 
He feels the blessing of the breeze ; 

The valley-shades, how cool and still ! 
What splendor from the beetling hill ! 
He longs to go ; he loves to stay ; 
For God is both his Home and Way. 

Strangers to sin ! beloved of God ! 
Ye track with heaven-light earth's mean sod ; 
For, pilgrims dear, He walks with you, 
A Guide, — but once a Pilgrim too. 



HAND IN HAND WITH ANGELS. 

Hand in hand with angels, 

Through the world we go ; 
Brighter eyes are on us 

Than we blind ones know ; 
Tenderer voices cheer us 

Than we deaf will own ; 
Never, walking heavenward, 

Can we walk alone. 



HAND IN HAND WITH ANGELS 17 

Hand in hand with angels, 

In the busy street, 
By the winter hearth-fires, — 

Everywhere. — we meet, 
Though unfledged and songless, 

Birds of Paradise ; 
Heaven looks at us daily 

Out of human eyes. 

Hand in hand with angels, 

Oft in menial guise ; 
By the same strait pathway 

Prince and beggar rise. 
If we drop the fingers 

Toil-embrowned and worn, 
Then one link with heaven 

From our life is torn. 

Hand in hand with angels ; 

Some are fallen. — alas ! 
Soiled wings trail pollution 

Over all they pass. 
Lift them into sunshine. 

Bid them seek the sky I 
Weaker is your soaring. 

When they cease to fly. 

Hand in hand with angels ; 

Some are out of sight, 
Leading us. unknowing. 

Into paths of light 
Some dear bands are loosened 

From our earthly clasp, 



18 HAND IN HAND WITH ANGELS 

Soul in soul to hold us 
With a firmer grasp. 

Hand in hand with angels, — 

'T is a twisted chain, 
Winding heavenward, earthward, 

Linking joy and pain. 
There 's a mournful jarring, 9 

There 's a clank of doubt, 
If a heart grows heavy, 

Or a hand 's left out. 

Hand in hand with angels 

Walking every day, — 
How the chain may lengthen, 

None of us can say. 
But we know it reaches 

From earth's lowliest one, 
To the shining seraph, 

Throned beyond the sun. 

Hand in hand with angels ; 

Blessed so to be ! 
Helped are all the helpers ; 

Giving light, they see. 
He who aids another 

Strengthens more than one ; 
Sinking earth he grapples 

To the Great White Throne. 



GOD'S BEST GIFT 19 



GOD'S BEST GIFT. 

What is the best a friend can be 

To any soul, to you or me ? 

Not only shelter, comfort, rest, 

Inmost refreshment unexpressed ; 

Not only a beloved guide 

To thread life's labyrinth at our side, 

Or with love's torch lead on before ; — 

Though these be much, there yet is more. 

The best friend is an atmosphere 
Warm with all inspirations dear, 
Wherein we breathe the large, free breath 
Of life that has no taint of death. 
Our friend is an unconscious part 
Of every true beat of our heart ; 
A strength, a growth, whence we derive 
God's health, that keeps the world alive. 

The best friend is horizon, too, 

Lifting unseen things into view, 

And widening every petty claim 

Till lost in some sublimer aim ; 

Blending all barriers in the great 

Infinities that round us wait. 

Friendship is an eternity 

Where soul with soul walks, heavenly free. 

Can friend lose friend ? Believe it not ! 
The tissue whereof life is wrought, 



20 IN THE AIR 

Weaving the separate into one, 
Nor end hath, nor beginning ; spun 
From subtle threads of destiny, 
Finer than thought of man can see. 
God takes not back his gifts divine ; 
While thy soul lives, thy friend is thine. 

If but one friend has crossed thy way, 
Once only, in thy mortal day ; 
If only once life's best surprise 
Has opened on thy human eyes, — 
Ingrate thou wert, indeed, if thou 
Didst not in that rare presence bow, 
And on earth's holy ground, unshod, 
Speak softlier the dear name of God. 



IN THE AIR. 

The scent of a blossom from Eden ! 

The flower was not given to me, 
But it freshened my spirit forever, 

As it passed, on its way to thee ! 

In my soul is a lingering music : 
The song was not meant for me, 

But I listen, and listen, and wonder 
To whom it can lovelier be. 

The sounds and the scents that float by us - 
They cannot tell whither they go ; 

Yet, however it fails of its errand, 

Love makes the world sweeter, I know. 



A TIIAXKSGIVING 21 

I know that love never is wasted, 

Nor truth, nor the breath of a prayer ; 

And the thought that goes forth as a blessing 
Must live, as a joy in the air. 



The best of all God's blessings 
Are caught upon the wing, 

And then set free into the heaven 
Of other hearts, to sing. 

Our message brought no answer, — 
Our dream did not come true ; 

But we have freshened weary lives 
In ways we never knew. 



A THANKSGIVING. 

For the wealth of pathless forests, 

Whereon no axe may fall ; 
For the winds that haunt the branches ; 

The young bird's timid call ; 
For the red leaves dropped like rubies 

Upon the dark green sod ; 
For the waving of the forests, 

I thank thee, O my God ! 

For the sound of waters gushing 

In bubbling beads of light ; 
For the fleets of snow-white lilies 

Firm-anchored out of sight ; 
For the reeds among the eddies ; 

The crvstal on the clod; 



22 A THANKSGIVING 

For the flowing of the rivers, 
I thank Thee, O iny God ! 

For the rosebud's break of beauty 

Along the toiler's way ; 
For the violet's eye that opens 

To bless the new-born day ; 
For the bare twigs that in summer 

Bloom like the prophet's rod ; 
For the blossoming of flowers, 

I thank Thee, O my God ! 

For the lifting up of mountains 

In brightness and in dread ; 
For the peaks where snow and sunshine 

Alone have dared to tread ; 
For the dark of silent gorges, 

Whence mighty cedars nod ; 
For the majesty of mountains, 

I thank Thee, my God ! 

For the splendor of the sunsets 

Vast mirrored on the sea ; 
For the gold-fringed clouds, that curtain 

Heaven's inner mystery ; 
For the molten bars of twilight, 

Where thought leans, glad, yet awed; 
For the glory of the Bunsets, 

I thank thee, O my God ! 

For the earth, and all its beauty ; 
The sky, and all its light ; 



THE IMMORTAL VOYAGER 23 

For the dim and soothing shadows 

That rest the dazzled sight ; 
For unfading fields and prairies, 

Where sense in vain has trod ; 
For the world's exhaustless beauty, 
I thank Thee, O my God ! 

For an eye of inward seeing ; 

A soul to know and love ; 
For these common aspirations, 

That our high heirship prove ; 
For the hearts that bless each other 

Beneath Thy smile, Thy rod ; 
For the amaranth saved from Eden, 

I thank Thee, O my God ! 

For the hidden scroll, o'erwritten 

With one dear Name adored ; 
For the Heavenly in the human ; 

The Spirit in the Word ; 
For the tokens of Thy presence 

Within, above, abroad ; 
For Thine own great gift of Being, 

I thank Thee, O my God ! 



THE IMMORTAL VOYAGER. 

I thaxk Thee, Lord, for precious things 
Which Thou into my life hast brought ; 

More gratefully my spirit sings 
Its thanks for all I yet have not. 



24 THE IMMORTAL VOYAGER 

How fair Thy world to me has been ! 

How dear the friends who breathe its air ! 
But who can guess what waits within 

Thine opening realms, Thy worlds more fair ? 

That which I had has slipped away, 

Lost in the abysses of the Past ; 
By that I lack am I to-day 

Heir of Thine undawned aeons vast. 

The best things joy to me has brought 
Have been its sigh of yearning pain ; 

Its dreams of bliss unguaged by thought ; 
Its dear despairs, which yet remain. 

If Thou Thyself at once couldst give, 
Then wert Thou not the God Thou art : 

To explore Thy secret is to live, 
Creation's ever-deepening Heart ! 

To some Thou givest at ease to lie, 

Content in anchored happiness : 
Thy breath my full sail swelling, I 

Across thy broadening seas would press ! 

Dear voyagers, though each nearing oar 

Around, is music to my ear, 
Sweeter to hear, far on before, 

Some swifter boatman call, " Good cheer ! " 

At friendly shores, at peaceful isles, 
I touch, but may not long delay ; 



CLIMBING TO REST 25 

Where Thy flushed East with mystery smiles, 
I steer into the unrisen day. 

For veils of hope before Thee drawn, 
For mists that hint the immortal coast 

Hid in Thy farthest, faintest dawn, — 
My God, for these I thank Thee most. 

Joy, joy ! to see, from every shore 

Whereon my step makes pressure fond, 

Thy sunrise reddening still before ! 

More light, more love, more life beyond ! 



CLIMBING TO REST. 

Still must I climb, if I would rest : 
The bird soars upward to his nest ; 
The young leaf on the treetop high 
Cradles itself within the sky. 

The streams, that seem to hasten down, 
Return in clouds, the hills to crown ; 
The plant arises from her root, 
To rock aloft her flower and fruit. 

I cannot in the valley stay : 
The great horizons stretch away ! 
The very cliffs that wall me round 
Are ladders unto higher ground. 

To work — to rest — for each a time ; 
I toil, but I must also climb : 



26 PRAYER ON THE MOUNTAIN 

What soul was ever quite at ease 
Shut in by earthly boundaries ? 

I am not glad till I have known 
Life that can lift me from my own : 
A loftier level must be won, 
A mightier strength to lean upon. 

And heaven draws near as I ascend ; 
The breeze invites, the stars befriend : 
All things are beckoning toward the Best : 
I climb to thee, my God, for rest ! 



PRAYER ON THE MOUNTAIN. 

Gird me with the strength of Thy steadfast hills, 

The speed of Thy streams give me ! 
In the spirit that calms, with the life that thrills, 

I would stand or run for Thee. 
Let me be Thy voice, or Thy silent power, 

As the cataract, or the peak, — 
An eternal thought, in my earthly hour, 

Of the living God to speak I 

Clothe me in the rose-tints of Thy skies, 

Upon morning summits laid ! 
Robe me in the purple and gold that flies 

Through thy shuttles of light and shade ! 
Let me rise and rejoice in Thy smile aright, 

As mountains and forests do ! 
Let me welcome Thy twilight and Thy night, 

And wait for Thy dawn anew ! 



sox(;-\vefts 27 

Give me of the brook's faith, joyously sung 

Under clank of its icy chain ! 
Give me of the patience that hides among 

Thy hilltops, in mist and rain ! 
Lift me up from the clod, let me breathe Thy 
breath ! 

Thy beauty and strength give me ! 
Let me lose both the name and the meaning of 
death. 

In the life that I share with Thee ! 



SONG-WEFTS. 

The grace of the bending grasses, 

The flush of the dawn-lit sky. 
The scent that lingers and paf 

When the loitering wind goes by, 
Are gushes and hints of sweetness, 

From the unseen deeps afar, — 
The foam-edge of heaven's completeness 

Swept outward through flower and star. 

For the cloud, and the leaf, and the blossom, 

The shadow, the flickering beam, 
Are waifs on the sea-like bosom 

Of beauty beyond our dream : 
Its glow to our earth is given ; 

It freshens this lower air : 
Oh, the fathomless wells of heaven, — 

The springs of the earth rise there I 



28 SONG- WEFTS 

The curtain of the dark 
Is pierced by many a rent : 

Out of the star-wells, spark on spark 
Trickles through night's torn tent. 

Grief is a tattered tent 

Where through God's light doth shine : 
Who glances up, at every rent 

Shall catch a ray divine. 



Despair not thou of any fallen soul's fate, 

Till thou hast knelt beside it in the mire, 
And mingled with its moanings desolate 

The heavenward whisper of thy heart's desire ; 
Till thou hast felt it thrill with thine own faith 

In Him who looks not on us as we are, 
But wakes the immortal in us by His breath, 

And puts remembrance of our sins afar. 

The noblest creature of a mortal birth 

Rose to its beauteous dignity of place 
Not without many a lingering stain of earth, 

Wherein all souls are set, a little space ; 
And thou into the haunts of shame and crime 

Like an awakening breeze of Heaven mayest go, 
Knowing that out of blackest depths of slime 

May spring up lilies whiter than the snow. 



From the reek of the pond the lily 
Has risen, in raiment white, 

A spirit of air and water, 
A form of incarnate light. 



THE STILL HOUU 29 

Yet. except for the rooted stem 

That steadies her diadem, 
Except for the earth she is nourished by. 
Could the soul of the lily have climbed to the sky ? 



Where does the snow go, 

So white on the ground ? 
Under May's azure 

No flake can be found. 
Look into the lily 

Some sweet summer hour; 
There blooms the snow 

In the heart of the flower. 

Where does the love go, 

Frozen to grief ? 
Along the heart's fibres 

Its cold thrill is brief. 
The snow-fall of sorrow 

Turns not to dry dust ; 
It lives in white blossoms 

Of patience and trust. 



THE STILL HOUR. 

The quiet of a shadow-haunted pool, 

Where light breaks through in glorious tender- 
ness ; 
Where the tranced pilgrim in the shelter cool 
Forgets the way's distress, — 



30 THE STILL HOUR 

Such is this hour, this silent hour with Thee ! 

The trouble of the restless heart is still, 
And every swaying wish breathes reverently 
The whisper of Thy will. 

Father, our thoughts are rushing wildly on, 

Tumultuous, clouded with their own vain strife ; 
Darkened by cares from our own planting grown ; 
We call the tumult life. 

And something of Thy Presence still is given : 

The keen light flashing from the seething foam, 
Through tangled boughs the sudden glimpse of 
heaven, 
From Thee, Thee only, come. 

And beautiful it is to catch Thy smile 

Amid the rush, the hurrying flow of mind ; 
To feel Thy glance upon us all the while, 
Most Holy and most Kind ! 

But oh ! this hour of heavenly quietness, 
When, as a lake that opens to the sky, 
The soul, serene in its great blessedness, 
Looks up to meet Thine eye ! 

Fountain of Life, in Thee alone is Light ! 

Shine through our being, cleansing us of sin, 
Till we grow lucid with Thy Presence bright — 
The peace of God within. 

Yet nearer to our souls in blessing come ! 
O Thou Divine One, meet us a Friend ! 



WINTER M1DXIGUT 31 

With Thee alone is every heart at home : 
Stay with us to the end ! 

By the stream's windings let us with Thee talk 
Of this strange earth -life Thou so well hast 
known ; 
In Thy fresh footprints let us heavenward walk, 
No more to grope alone ! 

If in our thoughts, by Thee made calm and clear, 

The brightening image of Thy face we see, 
What hour of all our lives can be so dear 
As this still hour with Thee ! 



WINTER MIDNIGHT. 

Speak to us out of midnight's heart, 
Thou who forever sleepless art ! 
The thoughts of Night are still and deep ; 
She doth Thy holiest secrets keep. 

The voices of the Day perplex ; 
Her crossing lights mislead and vex : 
We trust ourselves to find Thy way, 
Or, proudly free, prefer to stray. 

The Night brings dewfall, still and sweet ; 

Soft shadows fold us to Thy feet ; 

Thy whisper in the dark we hear : 

" Soul, cling to Me ! none else is near." 



32 A WHITE WORLD 

Speak to us by white Winter's breath, 
Thou Life behind the mask of death, 
That makest the snowfall eloquent 
As summer's stir in earth's green tent ! 

Close unto Winter's quiet breast, 
Summer, a sleeping babe, is pressed : 
Till waking-time she safe will hold 
His bloom and freshness manifold. 

O Night and Winter ! cold and gloom ! 
O marble mystery of the tomb ! 
God's hieroglyphs to man are ye ; 
Sealed visions of what yet shall be. 

Better is blessedness concealed 
From sight, than joy to sense revealed. 
Thanks for this happy mortal breath ! 
Praise for the life wrapped up in death ! 



A WHITE WORLD. 

I NEVER knew the world in white 

So beautiful could be 
As I have seen it here to-day, 

Beside the wintry sea ; 
A new earth, bride of a new heaven, 

Has been revealed to me. 

The sunrise blended wave and cloud 
In one broad flood of gold, 



A WHITE WORLD 33 

But touched with rose the world's white robes 

In every curve and fold ; 
While the blue air did over all 

Its breath in wonder hold. 

Earth was a statue half awake 

Beneath her Sculptor's hand : 
How the Great Master bends with love 

Above the work He planned, 
Easy it is, on such a day, 

To feel and understand. 

The virgin-birth of Bethlehem, 

That snow-pure infancy, 
Warm with the rose-bloom of the skies, — ■ 

Life's holiest mystery, — 
God's utter tenderness to man. 

Seems written on all I see. 

For earth, this vast humanity, 

The Lord's own body is ; 
To this our life He entereth in, 

Shares all its destinies ; 
And we shall put His whiteness on 

When we are wholly His. 

And so the day dies like a dream, 

.V prophecy divine : 
Dear Master, through us perfectly 

Shape Thou Thy white design, 
Nor let one life be left a blot 

On this fair world of Thine ! 



34 A HEARTS P BAYER 



A HEART'S PRAYER. 

A prayer is in my thoughts to-night 

I hardly dare to say : 
" Lord, put my wishes all to flight, 

Nor let me have my way ! " 

I dare not say it. Lord, for fear 

My heart I may mistake ; 
So many earthly things are dear, 

Perhaps, for earth's own sake. 

Nor can I think that Thou art glad 

In life despoiled of bloom, 
Since for all joy the worlds have had 

Thyself hast opened room. 

And yet the poison plant, so fair, 

So like the wholesome grows, 
To pluck my flower I will not dare, 

But trust His hand who knows. 

And this, indeed, is life's best thing, — 

To take sweet gifts from Thee ! 
If Thou some dark, sealed bud shouldst bring, 

It must hold light for me. 

In sadness I withheld my prayer, 

Hid under trembling fear ; 
In praise it blossoms, unaware, 

Because the sun is near. 



THY WILL BE DOXE 35 

My heart Thou wilt not crush or chill : 

M Lead into Thine my way ! 
Through all my wishes breathe Thy will ! " 

This prayer to-night I Bay. 



THY WILL BE DONE. 

Oxly silently resigned 

To the counsels of Thy mind ; 

Willing, yet rejoicing not, 

That Thy purpose shall be wrought, ■ 

Is this truly to submit ? 
Folding placid hands, to sit, 
While innumerable feet 
Thy triumphant coming meet ? 

Shall we say, " Thy will be done ! " 
And on our own errands run ? 
Vain and evil the design, 
We pursue, apart from Thine. 

Teach us how to live this prayer ; 
Reverently Thy plans to share ! 
More than echoes of Thy voice, 
Make us partners in Thy choice ! 

Lift us up to catch from Thee 
World-encircling sympathy : 
Ardor, strength, and courage give; 
As Thou livest, let us live ! 



36 PRAYING ALWAYS 

Let our deeds be syllables 

Of the prayer our spirit swells : 

In us Thy desire fulfill ! 

By us work Thy gracious will ! 



PRAYING ALWAYS. 

Soul of our souls, only by Thee 

The way we see 
Through earth's entangling mystery ; 
We nothing know ; 
But prayer unbars heaven's gate, and Thou dost 

show 
The one sure path in which we ought to go. 

And this is prayer : from self to turn 

Thee-ward, and learn 
Our life's veiled angels to discern. 
Filled with Thy light 
We hate the damning evil, love the right : 
Awake with Thee, there is in us no night. 

Were ours the wish, as vain as strange, 

Thy will to change, 
Or Thy least purpose disarrange, — 
That were not prayer, 
But only a rebellious heart laid bare, 
Insanely choosing curses for its share. 

Thou present God ! to Thee we speak ; 
Weary and weak, 



PBAYIXG ALWAYS 37 

Thy strength Divine we struggling seek ! 
Thou wilt attend 
To every faintest sigh we upward send ; 
Thou talkest with our thoughts, as friend with 
friend. 

The battle of our life is won. 

And heaven begun, 
When we can say, " Thy will be done ! " 
But, Lord, until 
These restless hearts in Thy deep love are still, 
We pray thee, u Teach us how to do Thy will ! " 

We cry with Ajax. Give us light ! 

A glimpse, a sight, 
Of midnight foes that we must fight ! 
They hide within. 
They lurk without, the subtle hordes of sin : 
By mortal might shall no man victory win. 

The prayer of faith availeth much : 

Thou nearest such ; 
Thy hand we in the darkness touch. 
Oh, not apart 
Stay est Thou on some high throne, all -loving 

Heart ! 
Helper in times of need we know Thou art. 

Nor nursing each our own distress, 

To Thee we press ; 
Prayer's overflow drowns selfishness : 

Soul within soul, 



38 BURDENED 

One voice to Thee our linked petitions roll ; 
Healer of the world's hurt, oh, make us whole ! 

And when arise serener days, 

Whose air is praise, 
The song of thankfulness we raise 
On high shall be, 
Not that to some vast All we bend the knee, 
But that each soul has one sure friend in Thee. 

Soul of our souls, with boundless cheer 

Forever near, 
Our being's breath and atmosphere, 
The world seems bleak 
Only when shelter in drear self we seek : 
The joy of life is, man to Thee may speak ! 



BURDENED. 

No burden ever had I 

That I would not have had ; 
Though times there were when I thought never 
again 

To look up to heaven and be glad. 
For, groaning and struggling on 

With the throngs that laden go, 
I saw, by the pack on my neighbor's back, 

That mine was the lighter woe. 

Unladen, heedless, unbent, 
I never had known 



IN SORROW 39 

That the fardel horne by each wight forlorn 
Held something that was my own ; 

Something he bore for me 
With a patient ignorance, 

While my footprints lay as a blur on his way, 
And hindered his soul's advance. 

Just it was that on me 

Some sorrow should fall ; 
No trouble alone is the trouble of one, 

But each has a share in all. 
And if on my aching neck 

Another his burden laid, 
Strength given for his day then he threw away, 

Wherewith I was stronger made. 

I know that we are not here 

For our selfish ease ; 
The kingliest One that the earth has known 

Lived not Himself to please. 
And they who have learned of Him 

How a burden can give rest. 
And joyfully share the great human care, — 

They have learned life's secret best. 



IN SORROW. 

This my comfort is in sorrow : 
Every grief I have is Thine : 

Heaviest clouds around me borrow 
Radiance from Thy smile divine. 



40 OUR PRAYERS 

Lamb of God, for us, the sinning. 
From the world's foundation slain, 

To Thy heart Thy wanderers winning, — 
In Thy love I drown my pain. 

This is my soul's consolation ; 

Grief hath made me all Thine own. 
Nevermore shall separation 

Of my will from Thine be known. 
Thou, who readest my inmost story, 

With Thy courage make me strong ! 
Thou, whose thorn-crown is Thy glory, 

Let my sorrow be my song ! 

Thou, in mortal anguish lonely, 

Gavest Thy life our hurts to heal : 
Count not this my suffering only ! 

Woes of all who weep I feel. 
Take our human consecration ! 

Help some sad soul through our pain ! 
Thou, whose wounds are our salvation, 

Let no heart have bled in vain ! 



OUR PRAYERS. 

Art Thou not weary of our selfish prayers ? 

Forever crying, " Help me, save me, Lord ! " 
We stay fenced in by petty fears and cares, 

Nor hear the song outside, nor join its vast accord. 

And yet the truest praying is a psalm : 
The lips that open in pure air to sing. 



HELPER AND FRIEND 41 

Make entrance to the heart for health and balm ; 
And so life's urn is filled at heaven's all-brim- 
ming spring. 

Still are we saying, u Teach ns how to pray " ? 

O teach ns how to love ! and then our prayer 
Through other lives will find its upward way. 

As plants together seek and find sweet life and 
air. 

Thy large bestowing makes us ask for more : 

Prayer widens with the world wherethrough love 
flows. 
Needy, though blest, we throng before Thy door : 
Let in Thy sunshine, Lord, on all that lives and 
grows ! 



HELPER AND FRIEND. 

Heavexly Helper, Friend divine. 
Friend of all men, therefore mine. 
Let my heart as Thy heart be ! 
Breathe Thy living breath through me ! 

Only at Thy love's pure tide 
Human thirst is satisfied : 
He who fills his chalice there, 
Fills, with thirstier souls to share. 

Undefiled One, who dost win 
All Thine own from paths of sin, 



42 IN THE DARK 

Never let me dread to go 
Where is guilt, or want, or woe ! 

If another lose the way, 
My feet also go astray : 
Sleepless Watcher, lead us back, 
Safe into the homeward track ! 

As a bird unto its nest, 

Flies the tired soul to Thy breast. 

Let not one an alien be ! 

Lord, we have no home but Thee ! 



IN THE DARK 

Thou who art my only Light, 
Thee do I follow through the night ; 
Though home and hope are out of sight, 
Firm trust in Thee my spirit hath ; 

Thou knowest my path ! 

Although I cannot see Thy face, 

1 feel the warmth of Thy embrace. 
Enfold me in the dangerous place 
Where sin lies waiting to betray ; 

Thou knowest my way. 

O Thou who seest me through and through, ■ 
The thoughts I think, the deeds I do, — 
Thou knowest I would to Thee be true ! 
O draw me closer to Thy side, 
My Lord, my Guide ! 



THEE ONLY 43 

Thou knewest me, lovedst me in the past, 
Even when the tempter held me fast : 
Thy wanderer has come home at last, 
Never again from Thee to stray — 
From Thee, my Way '. 

I know not what may yet unfold 
Beyond the morning's gates of gold. 
This is my heaven, Thy hand to hold, 
Thy steps to follow through the night, — 
My Life, my Light ! 



THEE ONLY. 

If now anew the search were to be made 

For One to guide me onward through the gloom 

Of this dim world wherein I walk afraid ; — 

If, like a child left in an empty room. 

Homesick, alone, the silence like a tomb, 

I went forth weeping, and should hear one say, 

•' Here, child ! " another, u Yonder is the way ! " 

Another, u Come with me ! Why care with 

whom ? " — 
I do not think I could mistake Thy call 
Among ten thousand. Toward Thy voice I grope. 
Brother, Friend. Lord ! although with many a fall, 
And sore bewilderment, and baffled hope. 
My needy soul, if ignorant of Thee, 
Would prophesy Thy coming. Thou must be ! 



44 AT THY FEET 



AT THY FEET. 

Lord, I would offer Thee 
A heart's untarnished gold, 

And yet how can it be 

When all there is in me 

Is touched with blight and mould ? 

I find within no thought 

So holy that it may 
Unshamed to Thee be brought, 
Except as it hath caught 

From Thee a hallowing ray. 

Yet all I am is Thine. 

Through sins and flaws and stains 
I feel Thy Presence shine. 
Take me, and make divine 

All that uncleansed remains ! 

Lord, of Thyself not much 
In me canst Thou behold, 

And yet Thou savest such ; 

The magic of Thy touch 

Transmutes my dross to gold. 

Contrition Thou dost prize 

All sacrifice above. 
Dear Lord, I dare arise 
And look into Thine eyes, 

Because I know Thy love. 



SAVED 45 



SAVED. 

What is the soul He would save ? — 
The being, with all its powers ; 
The root, with its leaves and flowers : 

All possible good we can crave 
In this God-given life of ours. 

From what would He save the soul ? — 
From contented selfishness, 
And from bleak unlovingness ; 

From the lower aim's control, 

From the downward passion's stress. 

From the hell of an evil choice, 

When our eyes on His Presence close ; 
From an earth-clogged ear that knows 

No tone of His tender voice ; 

From a void heart's waste of woes. 

He saveth thee, soul, for what ? — 
To be born anew, as a child, 

In the clear and open thought ; 

In the love that envieth not ; 
The desires all undefiled. 

To enrich thee with every gift 

That His fatherly thought can plan : 

From belittling sins to lift 

Thee up to the angel swift, 
And the stature of a man ! 



46 PURIFIED 

He saveth thee, soul, to be 

As the cleansing salt and the leaven : 
His mind and His will to see ; 
To be faithful and strong and free 

In the truth, which alone is heaven. 

Not to wait for the Far-away, 

Wrapped in Eden-dreams, — but now 
To become a warmth, a ray, 
O Christ, of Thy deathless day ! 
For the Life of our life art Thou ! 



PURIFIED. 

How cleanse a heart that is defiled ? 

God may forgive the sin, 
But guilt is canker, and eats in ; 
Is tempest, bringing shipwreck wild : 
Yet only as a little child 

Shall man His kingdom win. 

The pearl of innocence, once lost, 

Can never be replaced 
Upon the brow its whiteness graced : 
Yet unto swine such pearls are tossed ; 
And earth is paved with gems of cost, 

Scattered in spendthrift waste. 

Alas ! we cannot purely love, 

We cannot nobly hate ; 
Our tears of blood are wept too late : 



"EVEN AS HE IS PURE" 47 

With halting steps we upward move, 
Fearing lest even our house above 
Be left us desolate. 

And if there were no Voice to say, 
kk Go thou, and sin no more ! 

Love, that forgives, can all restore ; 

Thou art made whole ! " — could any stay 

Heart-bare beneath truth's probing ray, 
Unscathed by terrors sore ? 

O Christ ! the memory of our sin 

Thy healing love will hide ; 
With Thee our souls in peace abide ; 
In Thee heaven's childhood we begin : 
Thy kingdom we at last shall win, 

Not pure, but purified ! 



"EVEN AS HE IS PURE." 

Thou who seest my soul within, 
Thou who knowest my unknown sin, 
Through Thy holy eyes let me 
Learn what sin is unto Thee ! 

Oh, my Saviour undefiled, 
Leave me not by self beguiled, 
Blinded by my heart's deceit, 
For Thy friendship all unmeet ! 

If there be in me a thought 

That Thy dear name honoreth not, 



48 "BE YE THEREFORE PERFECT 91 

Pierce it with Thy pitying gaze 
Till its silence turns to praise ! 

Make me, Pure One, as Thou art, 
Pure in soul and mind and heart ; 
Never satisfied with less 
Than Thy perfect holiness ! 

Bathing in Thy love's clear stream, 
Let my soul fulfill her dream, 
Beautified with every grace 
Shining on me from Thy face ! 

None Thy holy heaven may win 
Stained with earthliness and sin : 
They must in white robes appear, 
Who Thy whiteness venture near. 

Cleanse us, fill us, Soul Divine, 
With a purity like Thine, 
That within, without us. we 
In clear vision, God may see ! 



"BE YE THEREFORE PERFECT." 

Oh, the beauty and the joy of living 
As the children of our Father, God ! 

All we have and hope for gladly giving 
His abounding love to pour abroad, — 

Healing waters of His pure salvation, 

Through the world for which His Son has died : 



"BE YE THEREFORE PERFECT" 49 

Sharing in our Blaster's consecration ; 
Walking at our Elder Brother's side. 

Wonderful the whiteness of Thy glory ! 

Can we truly that perfection share ? 
Yes ; our lives are pages of Thy story ; 

We Thy shape and superscription bear : 
Tarnished forms — torn leaves — but Thou canst 
mend them ; 

Thou Thine own completeness canst unfold 
From our imperfections, and wilt end them ; 

Dross consuming, turning dust to gold. 

Like a snowy mountain-peak above us, 

u Be ye perfect ! " dazzles our dim eyes. 
Canst Thou look from Thy pure height and love us ? 

May our earth-clogged feet to Thee arise ? 
We before the vision veil our faces, 

Yet would have it not a ray less bright. 
Shine into our sin's dark hiding-places ! 

Fill us, flood us with Thy cleansing light ! 

Perfect even as Thou art perfect. Father ! 

As the little hilltops catch the sun ; 
As the small shoots springing up together 

Round the Tree of Life, with it are one. 
In these earthen vessels heavenly treasure 

For the enrichment of Thy poor may shine : 
Thou canst fill us, in our human measure, 

With Thy being's overflow divine. 

Perfect only with God's own perfection ! 
Drop the crumbling model shaped of clay ! 



50 THE KING AT THE DOOR 

Break the weak ideal of man's erection ! 

Let the Real burn the false away ! 
This is life — to pour out love unstinted ! 

Good and evil sunlike blesseth He : 
Through your finite is His infinite hinted : — 

Children of your Father must ye be. 



THE KING AT THE DOOR. 

Lift up the everlasting gates ! 
The King before your threshold waits. 
Shall He who life's great building planned 
Unwelcomed at its portal stand ? 

Is there a corner of your heart 
Where you retreat, alone, apart, 
A sanctuary all your own ? 
Behold ! He made it for His throne. 

Is there a darkness, where, shut in, 
You dare not face your secret sin ? 
Lo ! there He built His mercy seat, 
There He your humbled soul will meet. 

Have you a stately banquet hall 

Where guests from many a clime you call ? 

You see not any face aright 

Until He enters with His light. 

Ye rich ones, why will ye abide 
In poverty of lonely pride ? 



THE SEEKER 51 

Your silver and your gold are dim, 
Your house is empty, without Him. 

Ye lowly ones, if ye are His, 

Ye have no need of palaces, 

Since that rich soul can lack for naught 

Who lets God in at every thought. 

Lift up the everlasting gates ! 
The King at His own threshold waits. — 
Enter, O Lord, and with Thy face 
Make glorious this Thy dwelling place I 



THE SEEKER. 

: If selfishly Thy heaven I seek, 

I seek Thy heaven in vain," — 
I heard my heart within me speak : 
I hear it yet again. 

For heaven is all unselfishness : 
The souls whose home is there 

Have never dreamed of happiness 
They do not long to share. 

If selfishly Thy love I seek, 

I seek Thy love in vain. 
Place at Thy side need none bespeak 

Who shrink back from Thy pain. 

For love — Thy love — is sacrifice : 
Who seeketh still his own, 



52 -HIMSELF HE CANNOT SAVE" 

Nor for his brethren lives and dies, 
Thyself hath never known. 

Dear Lord, each selfish thought we think 

Puts us afar from Thee : 
Into our own dark depths we sink. 

Where heaven can never be. 

Teach us to know Thee as Thou art ; — 
To give as Thou hast given ! 

Oh, show us how r the loving heart 
May make this world a heaven ! 



"HIMSELF HE CANNOT SAVE." 

O scoffer ! He who from the cross 
Looked down thy dark abysm of loss, 
And knew His pain alone could win 
Such souls as thine from gulfs of sin, — 
His death-groan mournful echo gave : 
" Myself I cannot save." 

Words breathed in scorn, yet understood 
By Him to bear a sense of good : 
The secret of the glorious strife 
Between the powers of death and life, 
Love's deepest truth — self-sacrifice — 
Hid in that mockery lies. 

And he must understand it so 
Who would relieve a brother's woe : 



''HIMSELF HE CAXXOT SAVE" 53 

He cannot shun his own distress ; 
He hastes, with Christlike earnestness, 
Although the way be through his grave : 
Himself he cannot save. 

Some happy souls may pass along 
The heavenward road with smile and song, 
Through guileless infancy and youth 
Linked in with followers of the truth ; 
And their unconsciousness of ill 
But makes them lovelier still. 

Their peaceful path is not for all : 
Each must obey his separate call ; 
And he is of himself abhorred 
Who flies the summons of the Lord : 
Sailing from danger unto ease, 
He sinks in unknown seas. 

None longs so for yon vales of peace 
As he whom war gives no release. 
But exiles' chains his brethren wear ; 
He knows no rest they may not share ; 
For them all hardships he must brave : 
Himself he cannot save. 

Aye, through all pain and loneliness, 
Where men are perilled, he must press 
To rescue, crying, " Woe is me, 
Resisting not the wrong I see ! 
If none uphold me, I must go, 
Single, against the foe ! " 



54 BESIDE THE CROSS 

And not the warrior-heart alone 
The scoffer's word for truth has known : - 
The mourner, weeping out the night 
For aliens from the one true Light ; 
The watcher by the bed of pain, 

Who knows her watch is vain ; 

He who has felt his heaviest cross 
Far lighter than another's loss ; 
He who can ask and bear the blow 
That shelters any soul from woe, 
Sees why that Death on Calvary 
Life's beacon-light must be. 

Ring, mournful echo, through the world ! 
Float, banner of the Cross, unfurled 
To show the servant who would prove 
His Master's joy of suffering love, 
That while thy folds above him wave 
Himself he cannot save ! 



BESIDE THE CROSS. 

Jesus, in Thy death I see 
What Thy life is unto me ! 
Now no longer is the Cross 
Sign to me of shame and loss : 
Joy it is, to share Thy pain ; 
All I lose is glorious gain. 
Lord, to me this blessing give — 
In Thy death to die — and live ! 



NEARER TO CHRIST 55 

Jesus, from Thy wounded side 
Flows through me a living tide ; 
Health and hope and righteousness ; 
Power to do, and will to bless. 
Now am I no more mine own : 
Now I live Thy life alone. 
Self is slain without a sigh : 
Life it is, with Thee to die ! 

Jesus, let Thy blood within 

Cleanse my inmost thoughts from sin ; 

Purify my lingering stains ; 

Be the life-throb in my veins ! 

Be it mine Thy cross to bear, 

And Thy sacrifice to share ! 

Be my food, my strength, my breath ! 

Be my Life, and conquer death ! 



NEARER TO CHRIST. 

Draw Thou my soul, O Christ, 

Closer to Thine ! 
Breathe into every wish 

Thy will divine ! 
Raised my low self above, 
Won by Thy deathless love. 
Ever, O Christ, through mine 

Let Thy life shine ! 

Lead forth my soul, O Christ, 
One with Thine own ; 



56 THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN 

Joyful to follow Thee 

Through paths unknown ! 

In Thee my strength renew ; 

Give me Thy work to do ! 

Through me Thy truth be shown, 
Thy love made known ! 

Not for myself alone 
May my prayer be : — 

Lift Thou Thy world, O Christ, 
Closer to Thee ! 

Cleanse it from guilt and wrong ; 

Teach it salvation's song ! 

Make it alive in Thee, — - 
Perfect in Thee ! 

Nearer to Thee, Christ, 

Nearer to Thee ! 
Till we in Thy dear face 

God's glory see ! 
Heavenward our hopes ascend, 
Saviour and Lord and Friend ! 
Oh, draw us all to Thee, 

Nearer to Thee ! 



THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN. 

I had a haunting thought at Easter-tide, 
Musing between the twilight and the dawn, 

Of our dear Lord and Friend, who, having died, 
Came to His chosen where they were withdrawn : 



THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN 57 

Came, while they talked of His mysterious death, 
And doubted if He had arisen indeed ; 

Breathed on them with His loving, living breath, 
Their Master, from the grave's enthrallment 
freed. 

Li Reach hither, Thomas ! see and touch my wounds ! 

Behold ! believe that it is I ! " He said. 
Down unto us the wondrous word resounds ; — 

The death-marks on Him, yet He was not dead. 

They were the sure proofs that He was alive : 
The doubter's finger traced His dreadful scars : 

Bears He not still those fatal tokens five 

Within the unseen heavens beyond the stars ? 

The heart, the hands, the feet, have bled for us ; 

More than our common curse of death He knew : 
Into His spotless nature glorious 

The eternal sorrow of our sins He drew. 

This is the wonder John in Patmos saw, — 
The vision of a Lamb that had been slain : 

Sacred to us forever is God's Law, 

Writ in the awful print-marks of His pain ! 

Still is He touched with our infirmity ; 

Yearning to win us from our shame and wrong, 
Still must His wounds throb, when we go astray 

From His dear Father's House, where we belong. 

The memory of the path for us He trod 

No splendor of the heaven of heavens can dim : 



58 EASTER 

By His deep human love, the Son of God 
• Must always draw our human hearts to Him. 



EASTER. 

(sunset and sunrise.) 

'T is Easter eve ; the day is fading ; 

O Thou, with w T hom there is no death, 
While twilight every path is shading, 

Breathe through us thy sweet Spirit's breath ! 
And when our last night conies, may we 

Fall peacefully asleep in Thee! 

The sun sets not ; it is earth going 

Awhile to hide her from the sun, 
Where gentler, cooler winds are blowing ; 

To feel the coming day begun 
Beneath soft night's refreshing dews ; — 

To wait for light she cannot lose. 

To die with Christ — it is not dying ; 

It is but sinking deep with Him 
Into the Father's bosom, lying 

In that warm, sheltering silence dim, 
Until the radiance of His eyes 

Shines into ours, and slumber flies. 

Sunrise ! — it is the world arising : — 
Her Lord, the Sun, she turns to meet, 

Strange beauty everywhere surprising 

Her steps — glad births of light and heat ; 



CHRIST IS ARISEN 59 

It is earth's face with joy aglow 
To see life round her bud and grow. 

To rise with Christ — it is awaking 

Into the brightness of God's face ; 
It is to see His splendor breaking 

Through every form, in every place, 
As all along the heavenly way 
Unfolds the dawn of His great day. 

O Christ ! this holy Easter morning 

Pierce every shadow of our sin 
With love's dear beckoning, truth's forewarning ! 

Thy life anew in us begin ! 
Let us the Father's glory see, 
And rise into His light with Thee ! 



CHRIST IS ARISEN. 

Vaixly we make for Thee a grave apart, 
Each in the lonely garden of his heart : — 
Thou, who the Life and Love Eternal art : — 
Alleluia ! Christ is arisen ! 

Where have they laid our Lord ? we ask in fear ; 
Nor know the Voice that speaks in accents clear : 
u Why weepest thou ? Behold Me ! I am here 1 " 
Alleluia ! Christ is arisen ! 

While we with tears bedew thine empty tomb, 
Thy Face is shining through the garden's gloom : — 



GO AS A FLOWER 

Lo ! the birds singing, and the flowers in bloom ! 
Alleluia ! Christ is arisen ! 

Is it our love that makes our hearts so blind ? 
With spice and balm thy form we may not bind ; 
Thou art alive for us and all mankind ! 
Alleluia ! Christ is arisen ! 

And gently Thou reprovest — "Touch me not ! 
Nor hold the feet back with thy clinging thought, 
That rest not till a heavenlier work be wrought ! " 
Alleluia ! Christ is arisen ! 

Dear Master, in Thy footsteps let us go, 
Till with Thy Presence all our lives shall glow, 
And souls through us Thy resurrection know ! 
Alleluia ! Christ is arisen ! 

Earth feels the dawn of Thy new day arrive : 
The dead around us in their graves revive : 
In Thee, O Christ ! shall all be made alive ! 
Alleluia ! Christ is arisen ! 



AS A FLOWER. 

Open your heart as a flower to the light ! 
Darkness is passing ; the Sun is in sight ; 
Morning with splendor is piercing life through, 
Arrows of radiance, and spear-tips of dew. 

Glad is the world in the Holy One's birth. 
Lo, the new heavens ! and lo. the new earth ! 



BING, HAPPY BELLS! Gl 

Scattered and fled are the phantoms of night: 
Christ is the victor, and Christ is the Light ! 

Open your heart, and His love will shine in, 
Cleansing and healing the hurt of your sin. 
Who can resist Him, the Saviour, the Son ? 
Hell flies before Him, and Heaven is won. 

Open your heart as a flower to the light ! 
Bloom and bear fruit in the glory of right ! 
Be of His Presence a perfume, a ray, 
Child of the morning, and heir of the day ! 



RING, HAPPY BELLS! 

Ring, happy bells of Easter time ! 
The world is glad to hear your chime ; 
Across wide fields of melting snow 
The winds of summer softly blow, 
And birds and streams repeat the chime 
Of Easter time. 

Ring, happy bells of Easter time ! 
The world takes up your chant sublime, 
' The Lord is risen ! " The night of fear 
Has passed away, and heaven draws near : 
We breathe the air of that blest clime. 
At Easter time. 

Ring, happy bells of Easter time ! 

Our happy hearts give back your chime ! 



62 THE NEW SONG 

The Lord is risen ! We die no more : 
He opens wide the heavenly door ; 
He meets us, while to Him we climb, 
At Easter time. 



THE NEW SONG. 

Oh, sing, thou happy heart ! 

Thy world is all in bloom. 
Sing, through the grateful tears that start 

At Jesus' opening tomb ! 

Sing ! even in grief be glad ! 

Breaks the new day within ! 
Thy path in living green is clad ; 

Thou leavest behind thy sin. 

Sing, nor look backward, down 

Thy dark, deserted Past ! 
Before thee gleams thy promised crown ; 

Thou shalt reach home at last. 

Sing, spirit, from the height 

Where Love thy wing hath borne : 

Sing to the darkness of the light ! 
Sing to the night of morn ! 

Oh, sing, thou ransomed one, 

Sing of thy sins forgiven ! 
Sing to the slumberers of the Sun ! 

Sing to the lost of Heaven ! 



OUR CHRIST 63 



OUR CHRIST. 

Lff Christ I feel the heart of God 

Throbbing from heaven through earth ; 

Life stirs Again within the clod; 
Renewed in beauteous birth. 

The soul springs up. a flower of prayer, 

Breathing His breath out on the air. 

In Christ I touch the hand of God, 
From His pure height reached down, 

By blessed ways before untrod, 
To lift us to our crown ; 

Victory that only perfect is 

Through loving sacrifice, like His. 

Holding His hand, my steadied feet 

May walk the air. the seas ; 
On life and death His smile falls sweet. 

Lights up all mysteries : 
Stranger nor exile can I be 
In new worlds where He leadeth me. 

Not my Christ only : He is ours ; 

Humanity's close bond ; 
Key to its vast, unopened powers. 

Dream of our dreams beyond. 
What yet we shall be none can tell : 
Now are we His. and all is well. 



64 HIS BIRTHDAY 



HIS BIRTHDAY. 

It is His birthday — His, the Holy Child ! 
And innocent childhood blossoms now anew, 
Under the dropping of celestial dew 
Into its heart, out of this heavenlier Flower, 
That penetrates the lowliest roof-tree bower 

With fragrance of an Eden undeflled : 

O happy children, praise Him in your mirth, - 
The Son of God born with you on the earth ! 

It is His birthday — His, in whom our youth 
Becomes immortal. Nothing good, or sweet, 
Or beautiful, or needful to complete 
The being that He shares, shall suffer blight ; 
All that in us His Father can delight, 

He saves, He makes eternal as His truth. 
Praise Him for one another, loyal friends ! 
The friendship He awakens never ends. 

It is His birthday — and this world of ours 
Is a new earth, since He has dwelt therein ; 
Is even as heaven, since One Life without sin 
Made it a home. His voice is in the air ; 
His face looks forth from beauty everywhere ; 

His breath is sweetness at the soul of flowers ; 
And in Him — joy beyond all joy of these — 
Man wakes to glorious possibilities. 

It is His birthday — and our birthday, too ! 
Humanity was one long dream of Him, 



WOMAN'S CHRISTMAS Go 

Until He came : with fitful glow, and dim, 

The altars heavenward smoked from vasrue 

desire. 
Despair half stifling aspiration's fire. 
He is man's lost ideal, shining through 

This life of ours, whereinto floweth His, — 
God, interblent with human destinies. 

It is His birthday — His. the only One 

Who ever made life's meaning wholly plain ; 
Dawn is He to our night ! No longer vain 
And purposeless our onward-struggling years; 
The hope He bringeth overfloods our fears : 

Now do we know the Father through the Son ! 
O earth. O heart, be glad on this glad morn ! 
God is with man ! Life, Life to us is born ! 



WOMAN'S CHRISTMAS. 

11 For unto us a Child is born." 

Not, Mary, unto thee alone, 

Though blessed among women thou : 
Not thine, nor yet thy nation's own. 

With that large glory on His brow. 

Thou bendest in awe above the Child. 

The cradled Hope of all the race ; 
The perfect One, the L^ndefiled, 

A saved world shining in His face. 

Thou bendest in awe ; we bend with tl 
Forgetting bygone loneline-> 



66 WOMAN'S CHRISTMAS 

Our heart's desire fulfilled is He ; 
Our solitude He comes to bless. 

By the close bond 01 womanhood, 
By the prophetic mother-heart, 

Forever visioning unshaped good, 
Mary, in Him we claim our part. 

This baby's Face is as the sun 

Upon the dimness of our way ; 
This child's Arm ours to lean upon 

When mortal strength and hope decay. 

Our path, erewhile so desolate, 

His dear beatitudes adorn ; 
Earth is a heavenward-opening gate, 

Since unto us this Child is born. 

Born unto us, who vainly seek 

The fair ideal of our dreams 
Among its mockeries, blurred and weak : 

He crowns the manhood He redeems. 

To us, who trust that men will grow 
Grander than thought or guess of ours, 

When this pure Life through theirs shall flow, 
This Health divine stir all their powers. 

O Hebrew maiden, even to us, 
Thy sisters, scattered over earth, 

God sont this Infant glorious, 
This one divinely-human birth. 



WOMAN'S EASTER 67 

What were our poor lives worth, if thence 
Flowered forth no world-perfuming good, 

No love-growth of Omnipotence ? 
The childless share thy motherhood. 

All holy thoughts, all prayer and praise, 

Wherewith our Christ hath made life sweet, 

Through us undying voices raise, 

One Name — His Father's — to repeat. 

Breathe, weary women everywhere, 
The freshness of this heavenly morn ! 

The blessing that He is, we share ; 
For unto us this Child is born ! 



WOMAN'S EASTER. 

With Mary, ere dawn, in the garden, 
I stand at the tomb of the Lord ; 

I share in her sorrowing wonder ; 

I hear through the darkness a word, — 

The first the dear Master hath spoken, 

Since the awful death-stillness was broken. 

He calleth her tenderly, — " Mary ! " 
Sweet, sweet is His voice in the gloom. 

He spake to us first, oh my sisters, 
So breathing our lives into bloom ! 

He lifteth our souls out of prison ! 

We, earliest, saw Him arisen ! 



68 THE LILY OF THE RESURRECTION 

He lives ! Read you not the glad tidings 
In our eyes, that have gazed into His ? 

He lives ! By His light on our faces 
Believe it, and come where He is ! 

O doubter, and you who denied Him, 

Return to your places beside Him ! 

The message of His resurrection 
To man it was woman's to give : 

It is fresh in her heart through the ages : 
" He lives, that ye also may live, 

Unfolding, as He hath, the story 

Of manhood's attainable glory." 

O Sun, on our souls first arisen. 

Give us light for the spirits that grope ! 

Make us loving and steadfast and loyal 
To bear up humanity's hope ! 

O Friend, who forsakest us never. 

Breathe through us thy errands forever ! 



THE LILY OF THE RESURRECTION. 

While the lily dwells in earth, 

AValled about with crumbling mould, 

She the secret of her birth 

Guesses not, nor has been told. 

Hides the brown bulb in the ground, 

Knowing not she is a flower ; 
Knowing not she shall be crowned 

As a queen, with white-robed power. 



THE LILY OF THE RESURRECTION 69 

Though her whole life is one thrill 

Upward, unto skies unseen, 
In her husks she wraps her still. 

Wondering what her visions mean. 

Shivering, while the hursting scales 
Leave her heart bare, with a sigh 

She her unclad state bewails, 
Whispering to herself, " I die." 

Die ? Then may she welcome death, 

Leaving darkness underground. 
Breathing out her sweet, free breath 

Into the new heavens around. 

Die ? She bathes in ether warm : 

Beautiful without, within. 
See at last the imprisoned form 

All its fair proportions win ! 

Life it means, this impulse high 
Which through every rootlet stirs : 

Lo ! the sunshine and the sky 

She was made for, now are hers ! 

Soul, thou too art set in earth. 

Heavenward through the dark to grow : 
Dreamest thou of thy royal birth ? 

Climb ! and thou shalt surely know. 

Shuddering Doubt to Nature cries, — 
Nature, though she smiles, is dumb, — 



70 " YE SHALL LIVE ALSO " 

" How then can the dead arise ? 
With what body do they come ? " 

Lo, the unfolding mystery ! 

We shall bloom, some wondrous hour, 
As the lily blooms, when she 

Dies a bulb, to live a flower ! 



"YE SHALL LIVE ALSO." 

Say not of thy friend departed, 

" He is dead : " — he is but grown 
Larger-souled and deeper-hearted, 

Blossoming into skies unknown. 
All the air of earth is sweeter 

For his being's full release ; 
And thine own life is completer 

For his conquest and his peace. 

Roll the stone from sorrow's prison, 

White-robed angel, holy Faith, 
Till with Christ we have arisen, 

And believe the word He saith ! 
Heaven is life to Life brought nearer : 

Love withdraws, more love to give : 
Hearts to hearts in Him are dearer : - 

" Lo ! I live, and ye shall live ! " 



THE HEART OE GOD 71 



THE HEART OF GOD. 

O Life, that breathest in all sweet things 
That bud ami bloom upon the earth, 

That fillest the sky with songs and wings, 

That walkest the world through human birth ; 

Life, that lightest in every man 
A spark of Thine own being's flame, 

And wilt that spark to glory fan, 

Our listening souls would hear Thy name. 

Thou art the Eternal Christ of God, 

The Life unending, unbegun ; 
The Deity brightening through the clod, 

The presence of the Invisible One. 

Though dear traditions wrap Thee round 

In Bethlehem and in Nazareth, 
With every soul Thy home is found, 

On every shore of life and death. 

Before the pyramids were built, 

Before the time of Abraham, 
To the world's first-born, blind with guilt, 

Thou earnest, the enlightening word, " I AM." 

To free from sin's entangling mesh 

Our wandering race, Thy brethren dear, 

Thou veiledst Thyself in mortal flesh ; 
A man with men Thou didst appear. 



72 THE HE MIT OF GOB 

The voice that unto poet and sage 

Whispered of God at hand, unknown, 

Hath written itself on history's page. 
Speaks in a language like our own : 

Speaks to us now. from day to day, 

Wafts heavenly peace through earthly care ; 

Inspires our faint humanity 

Thy crown to seek. Thy cross to bear. 

Thy voice is sweet in brook and bird, 
And boughs that over home-roofs bend ; 

And dear in every kindly word, 

Borne from the lip of friend to friend. 

Thy smile is in the wayside flower, 
That opens like a child's blue eye, 

Not less than in the sunset hour, 

When breathless wonder thrills the sky. 

Thou livest, most human, most Divine ! 

To no veiled Fate or Force we bow : 
Far off God's blinding splendors shine ; 

His near, deep tenderness art Thou ! 

His heart, whose truth can never fail, 
However ours may change or stray ; 

Before whose love all friendships pale, 
Our trust when worlds and suns decay. 

For love remains, whatever dies ; 

The love that breathed us into bloom, 



THE HEART OF GOD 73 

And Bet us in the eternil 

To fill their void with life's perfume. 

Revealer of our being's design. 

Through Thee, because of Thee, we are: 
Sacred our lite, since it is Thine ; 

No hopeless blight its growth shall mar. 

Into the awful vague of death 

We follow, where Thou leadest the way; 
Feel, through its damp-. Thy living breath ; 

S Thee rlood all its dark with day. 

We follow, and we rind our own. 

Whom the grave covered from our sight : 

We know them, even as we are known. 

Clothed on with heaven's transfiguring light. 

Love. Friend, our toil is sweet. 
Our burden light, for Thou art near ; 

And Nature's harmonies repeat 
Thy Name, to every creature dea 

O Love, Friend. Thy name is God ! 

Lord of the unseen and the known ! 
Thy thoughts the universe have trod. 

With worlds like sands of silver strown. 

The lonely spheres cry out to Thee 
To multiply Thy life in them : 

- worthier than the stars must be 
To sparkle in Thy diadem. 



74 THE HEART OE GOD 

There are who hold Thy truth, and yet 

Thyself disown, its origin ; 
Thee as a stranger they have met, 

Nor recognized the Guest within ; 

And some who seem to hear are deaf. 

Lip-service mocks thy sacrifice : 
Unlovingness is unbelief ; 

Untruthful lives are heresies. 

But where men aim at noblest things, 
Where beats a pure and generous heart, 

Where thought leads up on heavenward wings, 
There, Saviour of the world, Thou art ! 

One God to all eternity, 

Thou livest, the Only and the Same ; 
Yet ever to humanity 

Art dearest by Thy human name. 

Weary of system and of plan, 

Life of our life, we turn to Thee ; 

Divine Ideal of struggling man, 
Help us in man Thy face to see ! 

Lead us through these bewildering ways 
Of pain and beauty Thou hast trod ! 

Thou art our creed, our prayer, our praise, 
O Christ, Thou human Heart of God ! 



HIS CHURCH 75 



HIS CHURCH. 

Witness to His eternal pity 

For the world's wanderers it stands, 

The House of God, the Holy City, 

Builded of light, not made with hands. 

Without are loneliness and danger ; 

Within are warmth, and food, and songs : 
Here is no alien and no stranger ; 

Here every soul of man belongs. 

No saved child calls to his lost brother, 

k% See ! I am holier than thou ! " 
In Christ they recognize each other ; 

His name is written on every brow. 

And in His name all outcasts enter. 

And claim their birthright through His love 

His Church is the great human centre 

Towards which earth's generations move. 

They come, to share His consecration ; 

To drink His cup of sacrifice ; 
To be fresh wells of His salvation, 

That in life's desert shall arise. 

One home, — the hearthstone of the Father ; 

One table, Bpread by His dear Son ; 
One Spirit drawing us together ; 

God's familv in I Tim made one ! 



76 THE BLESSED COMPANY 

Christ tells the world her own true story ; 

Her failing cup fills to its brim 
With love, and blessedness, and glory ; 

We find each other, finding Him. 

His Church is heaven and earth in union ; 

The lift of wings, the clasp of hands ! 
God offering man divine communion ! — 

The door forever open stands. 



THE BLESSED COMPANY. 

God never meant us to be separated 

From one another, in our work and thought ; 
Spirits that share His Spirit He has mated, 
That so His loving purpose may be wrought, 
His gracious will be done 
In earth and heaven, as one : 
O blessed company of all the true, — 
His holy Church, — may I belong to you ? 

Ye are His people ; but around you slumber 

The hosts of God your summons must arouse 
To join the multitude no man can number ; 

Even in their dreams they whisper now the 
vows 
Their happy lips will take 
When they to Him awake. 
Ye, through whom every day His breath anew 
Creates His worlds, I would belong to you ! 



THE BLESSED COMPANY n 

Thou. Father, hast made every man a brother 

To every other man. and in thy Son 
Renewest the bond : it' we despise each other, 

A\\> scorn Tine, in whose eyes all souls are 
one. 
Ye heirs disguised, look up ! 
Drink from the royal cup ! 
Your grimy robes His form is outlined through : 
It is His flesh and blood I share with yon. 

His Church, — it is the home of every spirit 

That looked and longed for Him before He 
came ; 
That hears God's voice now, or shall ever hear it. 
Through the dire discord of earth's outcast shame. 
He knoweth who are His : 
His seal upon them is. 
O scattered, wandering flock ! O loyal few ! 
One Shepherd claims us ! I belong to you ! 

In His clear sight what can it matter whether 
We wear this badge or that, or none at all. 
If we but cleave to Him. and fight together 
Against His foes, wherever He may call ? 
If He this weak heart win 
From shameful truce with sin. — 
If He will make me brave and keep me true, — 
Then. ye faithful, I am one of you ! 

What can the servant do without his Master ? 

And what, without the Bridegroom, were the 
Bride ? 



78 "IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME" 

Behold, He cometh ! Onward, comrades, faster, 
Out of the wilderness unto His side ! 
Ah, Bride ! the desert glows 
Around thee like the rose ! 
Thy welcoming glance His smile is shining through ; 
Oh, take me in, to live my life with you ! 



" IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME." 

Who could refuse 
The last wish of a friend ? 
Loving unto the end, 

Fain would His love transfuse 
Itself into the lives He left hehind, 
That in their souls Him they might always find. 

" Remember Me ! " 
It was Christ's last request, 
Unto His own addressed : 
And all souls claimeth He ; 
Only by Him our human hearts are fed 
With spiritual wine and living bread. 

By One so dear 
Invited, who would stay 
In loneliness away ? 

O friends, let us draw near ! 
For in us now His image grows too dim : 
Let us forget ourselves, remembering Him ! 



OUR DAILY BREAD 79 



AT THE FEAST. 

This is not only bread and wine — 
Thy body and Thy blood — 

It is Thyself, Thy Life Divine, 
That is our spirit's food. 

It is the feast of Life, not death, 

That now we celebrate ; 
Breathe into us Thy Spirit's breath, 

As here for Thee we wait ! 

Thou art alive ! let us be 

To life in Thee restored ! 
The new wine of Thy Kingdom we 

Would drink with Thee, dear Lord ! 



OUR DAILY BREAD. 

What is the daily bread, 
Father, we ask of Thee, — 

We, who must still be fed 
Out of Thy bounty free ? 

Not at the household board 
Is our deep want supplied : 

Bins may be amply stored, 
And souls unsatisfied. 

For not by bread alone 

Can we, Thv children, live : 



80 OUR DAILY BREAD 

Some heavenly food unknown 
Thou unto us must give. 

We ask not meat to nurse 
Ambition's vain desire, 

Nor greed of gain, the curse 
Of inward cankering fire ; 

Nor the poor, tasteless husks 
That swine have torn and trod 

And ground with beastly tusks : 
Let clod be given to clod ! 

Nurtured we all must be 
By Thy sweet Word alone : 

Asking this bread of Thee, 
Thou wilt not give a stone. 

Thy Life, O God ! Thy Word, 
Outspoken through Thy Son ! 

In Him our prayer is heard, 
Our heart's desire is won. 

To sacrifice, to share, 

To give, even as He gave ; 

For others' wants to care ; 
Not our own lives to save ; 

With love for all around 

Our days and hours to fill : — 

Thus be it ever found 

Our meat to do Thy will ! 



U MY CUP RUNNETH OVER" 81 

This is the living bread 

Which cometh down from Heaven, 
Wherewith our souls are fed ; 

The pure, immortal leaven. 

The hidden manna this, 

Whereof who eateth, he 
Grows up in perfectness 

Of Christ-like symmetry. 

Who seeks this bread shall be 

Nor stinted, nor denied : 
Our hungry souls in Thee, 

O Christ, are satisfied ! 



• MY CUP RUNNETH OVER." 

Wherefore drink with me. friends ! It is no 

draught 
Of red intoxication ; at its brim 
No vine-wreathed head of Bacchus ever laughed, — 
This homely cup of mine, now worn and dim 
With time's rough usage ; no bright bubbles swim, 
Or foam-beads sparkle over. — Have ye quaffed 
These waters clear, and felt the Shepherd waft 
His breath of life through souls that follow Him ? 
He cools my feverish fancies : calms the stir 
Of dreams whose end was only bitterness. 
Healed at this fount our inmost ail would be. 
Did we but health before disease prefer. 



82 HYMNS OF A DAY 

My cup is filled at wells whose blessedness 
A world's thirst cannot drain. Friends, drink with 
me ! 



HYMNS OF A DAY. 

DAWN. 

O God, Thy world is sweet with prayer ; 
The breath of Christ is in the air ; 
We rise on Thy free Spirit's wings, 
And every thought within us sings. 

Thou art our Morning and our Sun ; 
Our work is glad, in Thee begun ; 
Our footworn path is fresh with dew, 
For Thou createst all things new. 

O God. within us and above. 
Close to us in the Christ we love, 
Through Him, our only Guide and Way, 
May heavenly life be ours to-day ! 



NOONTIDE. 

When the weary noonday heat 
Scorches hillside, lane and street, 
May my life a breeze and shade 
For Thy wayfarers be made ! 

Of Thy river, full and free, 
Send a cooling draught by me, 



HYMNS OF A DAY 83 

That Thy thirsty ones may bless 
Thine abounding tenderness. 

Let Thy joy and beauty grow- 
In my path for them, that so 
We may see that Thou hast given 
Earth to be our road to heaven. 



Let me bear Thy love's perfume 
Into haunts of guilt and gloom, 
Winning so the sin-sick one 
Forth to Thee, the Light, the Sun ! 

Let me wash Thy wanderers' feet, 
Take them in, and bid them eat ! 
While they share my daily bread, 
May our souls by Thee be fed ! 

Make my heart a home and rest 
For Thine outcast and oppressed ! 
Let us find, of Thy sweet grace, 
In Thyself our dwelling-place ! 

Shut for one calm hour away 
From the clamor of the day, 
All our work will happier be 
For this noontide rest with Thee ! 



NIGHTFALL. 



Softly has the night descended ; 
Now in darkness day is ended : 



84 SUNRISE IN THE CITY 

Starry watchers without number 

Guard the wide world wrapped in slumber. 

Sleep, O weary ones and lowly ! 
Jesus send you visions holy 
Out of unveiled heavenly places, 
Luminous with angel-faces ! 

Jesus slept within death's portal ; 
Opened it to life immortal ; 
Lighted up our human story 
With the promise of His glory. 

Pilgrim, sleep ! forget thy sorrow ! 
Sleep, in sure hope of to-morrow : 
Rise, then, to divine endeavor ! 
Rise, to share His life forever ! 



SUNRISE IN THE CITY. 

The sunrise over the houses ! 

The beautiful rose of dawn 
Reddening the eastern windows, — 

The curtains of Night withdrawn! 

More lovely than boughs in blossom 
The spires and the roof-trees glow. 

It is day ; and, in God awaking, 
Shall the spirit unfold and grow. 

On the city, in chrismal splendor, 
The blessing of morning falls : — 



SUNRISE IX THE CITY 85 

The Bride coming down out of heaven ! — 
The pearl-gates, the jasper walls ! 

The white light enters the casement 
Like the wings of the Holy Dove ; 

And every house is a flower, 
A blossom of peace and love. 

The sunrise is fair on the gardens, 

The groves and the forests afar ; 
But fairer the trees of manhood, 

Of the heavenly planting are. 

And wide are the green savannas 

That under the dawn unroll ; 
But broader the landscape opens 

In the sunrise of a soul ! 

The footsteps of morning hasten 

Across yonder populous space, 
And the dwellings of men are illumined 

With the glory of God's own face. 

Who can guess the power of His coming ? 

He will banish doubt and despair ; 
The life of His Spirit will kindle 

And stir in the sleepers there. 

Behold the Day Star ascending ! 

See the hour of His triumph begin! 
The sunrise over the houses ! 

And the Christ-light shining in ' 



86 CHILDREN'S JUNE SONG 



CHILDREN'S JUNE SONG. 

Little ones, let us be happy together 

In this beautiful world of ours ! 
Let us be glad in this sweet June weather, 

With the birds and the breezes and flowers, 
With the grass and the earth, with the sky and the 

sun — 
Let us be glad in the summer begun ! 

There are praises rising, and prayers are springing, 

From the heart of creation to-day ; 
Hark ! Faith with a chant and a carol is winging 

Her flight up the heavenly way ! 
Let thought unto thought with the sweetness ring ! 
Little ones, open your hearts and sing ! 

For a loving life breathes a fragrance dearer 

To God than the breath of a rose, 
And the song of the soul has a melody clearer 

Than the lark or the linnet knows ; 
And ever He leans from the silence dim 
And waits for the music you make to Him. 

Little ones, let us be part of the story 

Of joy that the world has to tell ! 
Let us bloom in the beauty and sing of the glory 

Of God, who has loved us so well ! 
Let us give Him ourselves, for to Him we belong — 
Each life be His blossom, each soul be His song ! 



WANDERERS' HYMN 87 



WANDERERS' HYMN. 

O God, from Thee we would not stray: 
Reveal to us Thyself, the Way ! 

Recall us, claim us when we roam ! 
Thou art our country and our home. 

With Thee, in Thee alone is rest : 
Thou art our East, and Thou our West. 
Our little lives of Thine are part : 
No boundaries bar us from Thy heart. 

Through starless night, through mist and gale, 
Thou art the shore toward which we sail ; 
We bid farewell to friends most kind, 
But never leave Thy love behind. 

It perfumes every foreign flower ; 
It brightens every homesick hour; 
It greets us in the stranger's eye. 
With the heart's question and reply. 

For none are alien, none are strange. 
Met in the Love that cannot change ; 
We all are brethren in Thy Son — 
The Father and the children one. 

O Christ, Thou art the atmosphere 
Of heaven, breathed into mortals here ! 
Sharing Thy holy sacrifice 
We live, and sin within us dies. 



W A CANTICLE IN WAR 

Be in us ! Let Thy Spirit strong 

Inspire towards good, and win from wrong ; 

Save us from base and sinful strife, 

And draw us closer, life to life ! 

We are but orphans, Lord, till we 

Thine in each other's face can see ; 

O shelter us, below, above, 

In Thy great heights and depths of Love ! 



A CANTICLE IN WAR. 

(a. d. 1863.) 

Glory to Thee, Father of all the Immortal, 

Ever belongs : 
We bring Thee from our watch by the grave's 
portal 

Nothing but songs. 
Though every wave of trouble has gone o'er us, — 

Though in the fire 
We have lost treasures time cannot restore us, — 

Though all desire 
That made life beautiful fades out in sorrow, — 

Though the strange path 
Winding so lonely through the bleak to-morrow, 

No comfort hath, — 
Though blackness gathers round us on all faces, 

And we can see 
By the red war-flash but Love's empty places, — 

Glory to Thee ! 



.1 CANTICLE IX WAR 89 

For, underneath the crash and roar of battle, 

The deafening roll 
That calls men off to butchery like cattle. 

Soul after soul : 
Under the horrid sound of chaos seething 

In blind, hot strife, 
We feel the moving of Thy Spirit, breathing 

A better life 
Into the air of our long-sickened nation ; 

A muffled hymn ; 
The star-sung prelude of a new creation ; 

Suffusions dim, — 
The bursting upward of a stifled glory, 

That shall arise 
To light new pages in the world's great story 

For happier eyes. 

If upon lips too close to dead lips leaning, 

Songs be not found, 
Yet wilt Thou know our life's unuttered meaning : 

In its deep ground, 
As seeds in earth, sleep sorrow-drenched praises, 

Waiting to bring 
Incense to Thee along thought's barren mazes 

When Thou send'st spring. 

Glory to Thee ! we say, with shuddering wonder, 

While a hushed land 
Hears the stern lesson syllabled in thunder, 

That Truth is grand 
As life must be ; that neither man nor nation 

May soil thy throne 



90 A CANTICLE IX WAR 

With a soul's life-blood — horrible oblation ! 

Nor quick be shown 
That Thou wilt not be mocked by prayer whose 
nurses 

Were Hate and Wrong ; 
That trees so vile must drop back fruit in curses 

Bitter and strong. 

Glory to Thee, who wilt not let us smother 

Ourselves in sin ; 
Sending Pain's messengers fast on each other 

Us thence to win ! 
Praise for the scourging under which we languish, 

So torn, so sore ! 
And save us strength, if yet uncleansed by anguish, 

To welcome more. 
Life were not life to us, could they be fables, — 

Justice and Right : 
Scathe crime with lightning, till we see the tables 

Of Law burn bright! 

Glory to Thee, whose glory and whose pleasure 

Must be in good ! 
By Thee the mysteries we cannot measure 

Are understood. 
With the abysses of Thyself above us, 

Our sins below, 
That Thou dost look from Thy pure heaven and 
love us, 

Enough to know. 
Enough to lay our praises on Thy bosom — 

Praises fresh-grown 






LIFE IS GROWTH 91 

Out of our depths, dark root and open blossom, 

Up to Thy throne. 
When choking tears make our Hosannas falter, 

The music free ! 
Oh, keep clear voices singing at Thy altar, 

Glory to Thee ! 



LIFE IS GROWTH. 

(sung at a rededication. wheaton seminary, 
massachusetts.) 

Life is growth, and growth is change : 
Shall the new be counted strange, 
While the rich Past lends perfume 
To the Present in its bloom ? 

Giving on — as they have given, 
Passed beyond us into heaven — 
Hearts in this Thy service, Lord, 
Find their gift its own reward. 

New things blossom out of old ; 
Fading lives with youth unfold, 
Standing in Thy sunrise bright, 
Bearing flower and fruit of light. 

Looking up into Thy face. 
Let us broaden, in our place ; 
Glad in opening wide our doors, — 
Glad in pouring out our stores ! 



92 HIS STAR IN THE WEST 

Let our wish, our plan, our end, 
With Thy widening purpose blend ! 
Shape Thou what we will and do — 
Thou, who makest all things new ! 



HIS STAR IN THE WEST. 

(read at A REUNION, MONTICELLO SEMINARY, ILLINOIS.) 

Our way still is onward ; the world is yet young 
With a beauty that never was dreamed of, or sung : 
Her wonders for eyes that can see them unfold ; 
And the heart that looks forward will never grow 
old. 

For the splendor that beckons is life — it is youth ; 
The sweetness of hope, and the freshness of truth, 
That make a perpetual morning, a spring 
Where the flowers always blossom, the birds always 
sing. 

Look forward ! move onward ! the new work to do, 
Will strengthen our sinews, create earth anew ! 
There are suns beyond suns ; there 's an East in the 

West; 
In all unexplored seas there are Isles of the Blest. 

The years gather over us — only a veil 

For the things that are seen : earthly vision must 

fail, 
That the heavenly may clear ; the awakening soul 
Looks up, drops the fragments, inherits the whole. 






HIS STAR IN THE WEST 93 

Lost empires in Orient oceans are drowned ; 

Not the Past, but the Future, comes up to be 

crowned. 
Wise men in the East with a great light were 

blest ; 
It was Bethlehem's Star, and it led to the West. 

It led to the West, and it greatened and glowed 
For apostles and martyrs, revealing the road — 
Still westward — those pioneer-spirits must take, 
Who would bear on Christ's gospel, and die for His 
sake. 

To His latter-day triumph the rich nations bring 
Their glory and honor ; the earth knows her King. 
Our planet rolls into His light from afar ; 
The true star of empire is Bethlehem's Star. 

The kingdom is His ; bring Him beauty and youth ! 
The trophies of learning, the treasures of truth ! 
Never yet was a conquest of science complete 
Until it was laid at the Holy Child's feet. 

His cradle is still in the West, as of old. 
Through the sunset press on, until sunrise unfold 
The light that was never on land or on sea — 
The light of His coming, the Life that shall be ! 

By the glow of that vision we read what we lack ; 
Inspired, not disheartened ; the beautiful track 
Entices the traveler forth, day by day. 
Entranced with the infinite joy of the way. 



94 GLIMPSES 

We may mourn that the guerdon we seek is not 

gained ; 
That the heights we look up to, remain unattained ; 
But we lower no standard ; the Best draws us on, 
Though the perfect ideal eludes us, unwon. 

We shall win it, O dear fellow-pilgrims ! We know 
The voices that call through the clear Western 

glow. 
By the old saints forever a new song is sung : 
Life beckons us on, and life always is young. 



GLIMPSES. 

Life comes to us only by glimpses ; 

We see it not yet as a whole. 
For the vapor, the cloud, and the shadow 

That over it surging roll ; 
For the dimness of mortal vision, 

That mingles the false with the true : 
Yet its innermost, fathomless meaning 

Is never quite hidden from view. 

The hills lift aloft the glad secret ; 

It is breathed by the whispering leaves ; 
The rivers repeat it in music ; 

The sea with its harmony heaves; 
The secret of that living gospel 

Which freshened the veins of the earth, 
When Love, named in heaven the Redeemer, 

Was revealed in a human birth. 



GLIMPSES 95 

Life shows us its grandeur by glimpses ; 

For what is this wondrous To-Day 
But a rift in the mist-muffled vastness 

Of surrounding eternity ? 
One law for this hour and far futures ; 

One light on the distant and near ; 
The bliss of the boundless hereafter 

Pulses into the brief moments here. 

The secret of life, — it is giving ; 

To minister and to serve ; 
Love's law binds the man to the angel, 

And ruin befalls, if we swerve. 
There are breadths of celestial horizons 

Overhanging the commonest way ; 
The clod and the star share the glory, 

And to breathe is an ecstasy. 

Life dawns on us, wakes us, by glimpses ; 

In heaven there is opened a door ! — 
That flash lit up vistas eternal ; 

The dead are the living once more ! 
To illumine the scroll of creation, 

One swift, sudden vision sufficed : 
Every riddle of life worth the reading 

Has found its interpreter — Christ ! 



96 WHY LIFE IS SWEET 



WHY LIFE IS SWEET. 

Because it cometh up, a heavenly flower, 
Out of the earth, divinely sown therein, 

To gather grace from shadow and from shower, 
And freshness of invisible worlds to win 

Unto itself, — not to be hoarded there, 

But for the sweetening of the common air. 

Because it breathes in and exhales God's breath, 
Its natural atmosphere, and so grows strong 

To root itself amid decay and death, 

And lift its head above the poisonous Wrong, 

And. with her far-reaching fibres, push apart 

The noisome evils clutching at Earth's heart. 

It is not sweet, but bitter, sad, and vain, 
Living in shows of what we are or do ; 

The after-taste of selfishness is pain : 

In hearts that grovel, hope must grovel, too ; 

Ever our petty falsehoods deathward tend, 

Leave us defeated, cheated of life's end. 

It is not sweet to compass our low aim, 
And sicken of it ; nor to trail the wing 

In dust, whereon celestial dawn should flame. 

Even love, sin-touched, is an unwholesome thing, 

A growth reversed, blight clinging into blight ; 

Love, meant to hallow all things with its light. 

To live ! to find our life in nobler lives, 
Baptized with them in dews of holiness ; 



MORE LIFE 97 

Strengthened, upraised, by every soul that thrives 

In the clear air of perfect righteousness, 
And sheltering that which might for frailty die, 
When, with hot feet, the whirlwind rushes by ! 

Oh, sweet to live, to love, and to aspire ! 

To know that whatsoever we attain, 
Beyond the utmost summit of desire, 

Heights upon heights eternally remain, 
To humble us, to lift us up, to show 
Into what luminous deeps we onward go. 

Because the Perfect, evermore postponed, 
Yet ever beckoning, is our only goal ; 

Because the deathless Love that sits enthroned 
On changeless Truth, holds us in firm control ; 

Because within God's Heart our pulses beat ; 

Because His Law is holy, life is sweet ! 

Because it is of Him, His infinite gift ; 

Lost, but restored by One who came to share 
His riches with our poverty, and lift 

The human to the heavenly, everywhere ; 
Because in Christ we breathe immortal breath, 
Sweet, sweet is life ! He hath abolished death ! 



MORE LIFE. 

Not weary of Thy world, 
So beautiful, O Father, in Thy love, — 
Thy world, that, glory-lighted from above, 

Lies in Thy hand impearled : 



3 MORE LIFE 

Not asking rest from toil ; 
Sweet toil, that draws us nearer to Thy Bide ; 
Ever to tend Thy planting satisfied, 

Though in ungenial soil : 

Nor to be freed from care, 
That lifts us out of self's lone hollowness ; 
Since unto Thy dear feet we all may press, 

And leave our burdens there : 

But oh, for health, for strength ! 
A life untainted by the curse of sin, 
That spreads no vile contagion from within ; 

Found without spot, at length ! 

For power, and stronger will 
To pour out love from the heart's inmost springs 
With constant freshness, for all needy things ; 

In blessing, blessed still ! 

Oh, to be clothed upon 
With the white radiance of a heavenly form ! 
To feel the winged Psyche quit the worm, 

Life, life eternal won ! 

Oh, to be free, heart-free 
From all that checks the right endeavor here ! 
To drop the weariness, the pain, the fear ! 

To know death cannot be ! 

Oh, but to breathe in air 
Where there can be no tyrant and no slave ; 






DRAWIXG NEARER 99 

Where every thought is pure, and high, and brave, 
And all that is, is fair ! 

More life ! the life of heaven ! 
A perfect liberty to do Thy will : 
Receiving all from Thee, and giving still, 

Freely as Thou hast given ! 

More life ! a prophecy 
Is in that thirsty cry, if read aright : 
Deep calleth unto deep : Life Infinite, 

O soul, awaiteth thee ! 



DRAWING NEARER. 

Are we daily drawing nearer 
Thee, the Perfect, the Unseen? 

Grows the pathway ever clearer, 

Stretching sense and God between ? 

Thine own messengers beside us 
Wait, wherever we may be ; 

Earth and heaven are met, to guide us 
Nearer unto Thee. 

In the web of beauty's weaving, 
In the picture and the song ; 

In our dreaming and believing, 
By our friendships borne along ; 

By our own heart's human story, 
By the light on land and sea, 

Glimpsing unimagined glory, 
Draw we nearer Thee ? 



100 DRAWING NEARER 

In our doings and ambitions, 

Heaping gold and probing thought ; 

In crude science, worn traditions, 
Finds the spirit what it sought ? 

In the tumult of the nations, 
Surging like a shoreward sea, 

Are Thy sundered congregations 
Gathering unto Thee ? 

With the footsteps of the ages, 
Are we drawing nearer Thee ? 

Beautiful upon Time's pages 
Will our name and record be ? 

Year on year of worthier living 
Add we to life's glorious sum ? — 

Through our failures. Thy forgiving, 
Lord, Thy kingdom come ! 

Over fallen towers of error, 

Laid by our own hands in dust ; 

Past the ghosts of doubt and terror ; 
Out of sloth's in-eating rust ; 

From Gomorrah's lurid smouldering, 
Borders of the drear Dead Sea ; 

Graves where selfish loves lie mouldering, 
Fly we unto Thee. 

Vain a secret hoard to carry 

From our ruined house of pride ; 

Weights that hinder, fiends that harry, 
Are the idols that we hide. 



DRAWIXG NEARER 101 

Draw us rather by the sweetness 
Of Thy breath in living things 
To Thyself, with unclogged fleetness 
Lifted, as on wings ! 

Dogmas into truth transmuting, 

Fusing differences in love ; 
Creed and rite no more disputing, 

Closing rank and file we move ; 
Leaving our dead Past behind us, 

Turning not, nor looking back : 
May no wayside glimmer blind us 
To the one straight track ! 

Brother hastening unto brother, 

Youth rewakening in our eyes, 
Loving Thee and one another, 

Find we our lost Paradise. 
Where the heart is, there the treasure ; 

Led by paths we cannot see 

Unto heights we cannot measure, 

Draw we nearer Thee ! 

Nearer Thee, through every aeon, 

Every universe of Thine ! 
Man and seraph swell one paean, 

Harmonizing chords divine. 
Thine from Thee no power can sever ; 

Through death's veil Thy face they see ; 
Saved, forever and forever 
Drawing nearer Thee ! 



102 ACROSS THE RIVER 



ACROSS THE RIVER. 

When for me the silent oar 

Parts the Silent River, 
And I stand upon the shore 

Of the strange Forever, 
Shall I miss the loved and known ? 
Shall I vainly seek mine own ? 

Mid the crowd that come to meet 

Spirits sin-forgiven, — 
Listening to their echoing feet 

Down the streets of heaven, — 
Shall I know a footstep near 
That I listen, wait for here ? 

Then will one approach the brink 

With a hand extended, 
One whose thoughts I loved to think 

Ere the veil was rended ; 
Saying, " Welcome ! we have died, 
And again are side by side ? " 

Saying, u I will go with thee, 

That thou be not lonely. 
To yon hills of mystery : 

I have waited only 
Until now, to climb with thee 
Yonder hills of mystery." 

Can the bonds that make us here 
Know ourselves immortal, 



ACROSS THE RIVER 103 

Drop away, like foliage sear, 

At life's inner portal ? 
What is holiest below 
Must forever live and grow. 

I shall love the angels well, 

After I have found them 
In the mansions where they dwell, 

With the glory round them : 
But at first, without surprise, 
Let me look in human eyes. 

Step by step our feet must go 

Up the holy mountain ; 
Drop by drop, within us flow, 

Life's unfailing fountain. 
Angels sing with crowns that burn ; 
We shall have our song to learn. 

He who on our earthly path 

Bids us help each other — 
Who his Well-beloved hath 

Made our Elder Brother — 
Will but clasp the chain of love 
Closer, when we meet above. 

Therefore dread I not to go 

O'er the Silent River. 
Death, thy hastening oar I know ; 

Bear me, thou Life-giver. 
Through the waters, to the shore, 
Where mine own have gone before ! 



104 A YEAR IN HE A VEX 



A YEAR IN HEAVEN. 

Oxe year among the angels, beloved, thou hast 

been ; 
One year lias heaven's white portal shut back the 

sound of sin : 
And yet no voice, no whisper, comes floating down 

from thee, 
To tell us what glad wonder a year of heaven may 

be. 

Our hearts before it listen, the beautiful closed gate : 
The silence yearns around us ; we listen and we 

wait. 
It is thy heavenly birthday, on earth thy lilies 

bloom ; 
In thine immortal garland canst find for these no 

room ? 

Thou lovedst all things lovely when walking with 

us here ; 
Now, from the heights of heaven, seems earth no 

longer dear ? 
We cannot paint thee moving in white-robed state 

afar, 
Nor dream our flower of comfort a cool and distant 

star. 

Heaven is but life made richer : therein can be no 

loss ; 
To meet our love and longing thou hast no gulf to 

cross ; 



A YEAH IN UK AYES 105 

No adamant between us uprears its rocky screen ; 
A veil before us only ; thou in the light serene. 

That veil 'twixt earth and heaven a breath might 

waft aside ; 
We breathe one air, beloved, we follow one dear 

Guide : 
Passed in to open vision, out of our mists and 

rain, 
Thou seest how sorrow blossoms, now peace is won 

from pain. 

And half we feel thee leaning from thy deep calm 

of bliss, 
To say of earth, •• Beloved, how beautiful it is ! 
The lilies in this splendor — - the green leaves in this 

dew ; — 
Oh, earth is also heaven, with God's light clothed 

anew ! " 

So, when the sky seems bluer, and when the blos- 
soms wear 

Some tender, mystic shading we never knew was 
there, 

We '11 say " We see things earthly by light of sainted 
eyes ; 

She bends where we are gazing, to-day, from Para- 
dise. " 

Because we know thee near us, and nearer still to 

Him 
Who fills thy cup of being with glory to the brim, 



106 NEAR SHORE 

We will not stain with grieving our fair, though 

fainter light, 
But cling to thee in spirit as if thou wert in sight. 

And as in waves of heauty the swift years come 

and go, 
Upon celestial currents our deeper life shall flow, 
Hearing, from that sweet country where blighting 

never came, 
Love chime the hours immortal, in earth and heaven 

the same. 



NEAR SHORE. 

The seas of thought are deep and wide ; 
Let those who will, O friend of mine, 
Sail forth without a chart or guide, 
Or plummet-line ; 

A blank of waters all around ; 
A blank of azure overhead ; 
An infinite of nothing found, 

Whence faith has fled. 

The Name that we with reverence speak, 
Echoes across those wastes of thought ; 
But they who go far off to seek, 
They hear it not. 

The shores give back its sweetest sound 
From rivulet cool, and shadowing rock, 



XEAli SHORE 107 

And voices that calm hearths surround 
With friendly talk. 

Earth is our little island home. 

And heaven the neighboring continent, 
Whence winds to every inlet come 
With balmiest scent. 

And tenderest whispers thence we hear 
From those who lately sailed across. 
They love us still ; since heaven is near. 
Death is not loss. 

From mountain slopes of breeze and balm, 

What melodies arrest the oar ! 
What memories ripple through the calm ! 
We '11 keep near shore. 

By sweet home instincts wafted on, 

By all the hopes that life has nursed, 
We hasten where the loved have gone, 
Who landed first. 

If God be God, then heaven is real : 

We need not lose ourselves and Him 
In some vast sea of the ideal, 
Dreamy and dim. 

He cheats not any soul. He gave 

Each being unity like His ; 
Love, that links beings, He must save ; 
Of Him it is. 



108 LOVE'S LATE REMORSE 

Dear friend, we will not drift too far 

Mid billows, fogs, and blinding foam, 
To see Christ's beacon-light — the star 
That guides us home. 

Moving towards heaven, we '11 meet half-way- 
Some pilot from that unseen strand ; 
Then, anchoring safe in perfect day, 
Tread the firm land. 

Thence onward and forever on 

Toward summits piled on summits bright : 
The lost are found, and we have won 
The Land of Light ! 

God is that country's glory : He 
Alike the confidence is found, 
Of those who try the uncertain sea, 
Or solid ground. 

Yet we. for love of those who bend 

From yon clear heights, passed on before 
To wait our coming, — we, dear friend, 
Will keep near shore. 



LOVE'S LATE REMORSE 

How will it be 
When you at last in heaven we see, — 
Dear souls, whose footsteps in lost days, 
Made musical earth's toil-worn ways, 






LOVE'S LATE JtiEMOBSE 109 

While we not half the loneliness 
That hound you to our side could guess ? 
Where angela know your footfall, we 
Are fain to he. 

We never knew — 
So heedlessly we walked with you — 
The drops we jostled from your cup, 
That, spilt, could not be gathered up : 
We might have given you foam and glow 
From our own beaker's overflow ; — 
Ah ! what we might have been to you, 

We never knew ! 

We might have lent 
Such strength, such comfort and content 
To you, out of our ample store : 
We might have hastened on before 
To lift the shadows from your way, 
Darkened, ere noon, to twilight's gray ; 
With earth's cold air love's warm heart-scent 

We might have blent. 

Dear, wistful eyes, 
Ye haunt us with your kind surprise, 
Your tender wonder that a heart 
Should thus be left alone, apart, 
So loving, so misunderstood 
By us, in our self-centred mood : 
Alas ! in vain to you arise 

Our longing cries ! 



110 FOR LARGER LIVES 

Oh, will you wait 
For us, beyond the shining gate ? 
Though lovely gifts behind you left, 
We want yourselves : we are bereft. 
From your new mansion glorious 
Will you lean out to look for us ? 
Shut is the far-off, shining gate : — 

Are we too late ? 



FOR LARGER LIVES. 

In heaven, they say, is undisturbed and perfect 
peace ; and yet 

Along our heart-strings, even there, a tremor of re- 
gret 

Must sometimes wander into pain, if memory sur- 
vives, — 

A grief, that in this good, great world we lived not 
larger lives. 

God moves our planet gloriously among His starry 

spheres ; 
And nobler movements for our souls through these 

our mortal years, 
In widening orbits toward Himself eternally He 

planned : — 
We creep and rust in treadmill grooves ; we will 

not be made grand. 

He sent us forth. His children, of His inmost life a 
part ; 



FOR LARGER LIVES 111 

His breath. His being ; each a throb of His deep 

Father-heart ; 
He shaped us in His image, suns, to flood His worlds 

with day : — 
Alas ! we stifle down His light, and deaden into 

clay. 

Meant to be living fountains, — not little stagnant 

pools, 
Stirred aimlessly from shallow depths, walled round 

with petty rules. 
Drying away to dust at last, — to Him we might 

ascend. 
And with the River of His Life in crystal freshness 

blend. 

To share His freedom — sons of God ! There is 

no other aim 
Can kindle any human hope to an immortal flame ! 
It is the keenest shame of these mean, fettered lives 

we lead, — 
We choose the weights that drag us down, refusing 

to be freed. 

Yet souls that win immortal heights unclogged with 

self must move : 
The only thing that we can take from earth to 

heaven is love. 
To make us great like Thee, O God ! Thy Spirit 

with us strives :•— 
Enlarge our hearts to take Thee in ! O give us 

nobler lives ! 



112 THE PERFECT WORD 



THE PERFECT WORD. 

How satisfying is a perfect word ! 

How great, to know the truth, and utter it 
So that it shall eternally he heard. 

And worlds together in its chords be knit ! 

Who speaks for beauty, Beauty's self must be, 
And not her language with vain lips repeat, — 

Mere tinkling cymbals, hollow melody 

Wearying the air with mockery most unsweet ! 

Out of this half-articulate earthly speech, 
This broken jargon from each other caught, 

This jangled medley of our songs, we reach 

Toward some divine expression of our thought. 

Somewhere above the selfish jar and fret, 
The deathly silence, deathlier noise of sin, 

Mercy and truth and righteousness have met, 
And souls to that vast concord enter in. 

They know the Life itself, the visible Word, 

The music of eternal overflow 
From central ocean-streams of being, stirred 

With the first rapture of creation's glow. 

But men with falsehood blur what God speaks 
plain ; • 

His message hourly mistranslated is. 
Dear angels, heal us of our discord's pain ! 

Lend us the keynote of your harmonies ! 



A DOOR OPENED 113 

Sweeter than any sound by angels heard, 

Whispered or sung through their un withering 
ho were, 

Christ is the beautiful, eternal Word, 

Breathed from God's heart into this world of ours. 

That Word Jehovah spake, that men might see 
The meaning of their being, hid in Him ; 

Each human birth a possibility. 

That well might wake the silent seraphim. 

Yet loftiest seraph-lyres can but rehearse 
Suggestions faint of His unfolding plan, 

Whose perfect Word unto His universe 
Is, and forever must be, God in man ! 



A DOOR OPENED. 

Might a door but be opened in heaven ! 

Might we look for a moment within ! 
Might only one comforting glimpse be given, 

Of the life that we hope to win ! 

A door has been opened in heaven : — 

Its glory shone full on the earth. 
When the clouds of her midnight were smitten and 
riven 

By the joy of the Christ-Child's birth. 

And a door is yet opened in heaven ; 

Its light floods our world to its brim. 
When a soul, for His truth having suffered and 
striven. 

Ascends, a crowned conqueror, to Him. 



114 TRANSFIGURED 



TRANSFIGURED. 

Yes, heaven has come down to meet us ; 

It hangs in our atmosphere ; 
Its beautiful open secret 

Is whispered in every ear. 

And everywhere, here and always, 

If we would but open our eyes, 
We should find, through these beaten footpaths, 

Our way into Paradise. 

We should walk there with one another ; 

Nor halting, disheartened, wait 
To enter a dreamed-of City 

By a far-off, shadowy Gate. 

Dull earth would be dull no longer ; 

The clod would sparkle a gem ; 
And our hands, at their commonest labor, 

Would be building Jerusalem. 

For the clear, cool river of Eden 

Flows fresh through our dusty streets ; 

We may feel its spray on our foreheads 
Amid wearisome noontide heats. 

We may share the joy of God's angels, 
On the errands that He has given ; 

We may Kve in a world transfigured, 
And sweet with the air of heaven. 



ELIZABETH 115 

ELIZABETH. 

E. H. W. 

September 3, 1864. 

A white stone glimmers through the firs, 
The dry grass on her grave-mound stirs ; 

The sunshine scarcely warms the skies ; 
Pale cloudlets fleck the chilly blue ; 
The dawn brings frost instead of dew 

To the bleak hillside where she lies. 

"T is something to be near the place 

Where earth conceals her dear, dead face ; — 

But thou, true heart, thou art not there ! 
Where now thou art beloved and known, 
Love makes a climate of its own ; 

Perpetual summer in the air. 

The language of that neighboring land 
Already thou didst understand, 

Already breathe its healthful breath, 
Before thy feet its shores had pressed ; 
There wert thou an awaited guest, 

At home in heaven, Elizabeth ! 

I try to guess what radiance now 
Is resting on that gentle brow, 
Lovelier than shone upon it here ; 



116 ELIZABETH 

What heavenly work thou hast begun, 
What new, immortal friendships won, 
That make the life unseen so dear. 

I cannot think that any change 
Could ever thy sweet soul estrange 

From the familiar human ties ; 
Thou art the same, though inmost heaven 
Its wisdom to thy thought has given, 

Its beauty kindled in thine eyes. 

The same to us, as warm, as true, 
Whatever beautiful or new 

With thy unhindered growth may blend : 
Here, as life broadens, love expands ; 
How must it bloom in those free lands 

Where thou dost walk, beloved friend ! 

I do not know what death may mean ; 
No gates can ever shut between 

True heart and heart, Elizabeth ; 
'T is but to step from time's rude strife 
A little farther into life, 

And there thou art, Elizabeth ! 
Amesbury, Mass., December, 1883. 



WITHDRAWAL 117 

WITHDRAWAL. 

J. G. W. 
September 7, 1802. 

Was it thy step on the mountain-side ? 

Was it thy voice in the air ? — 
Strange beauty illumined the landscape wide ; 

The world lay in heaven-light there. 

And a whisper, a breath, through my trouble 
went ; — 
Did a soul speak, passing by ? — 
u Ah, see how the heights and the levels are blent, 
How the peaks are dissolved in the sky 1 

" One tender suffusion of splendor is this, — 
Blue summits and meadows green ! 
So peaceful, so soft the withdrawal is 
Of a life into Light unseen." 

— Thy spirit was passing — I knew it not — 

Beyond the light of the sun ! 
And the world thou hast left has a radiance 
caught 

From the glory that thou hast won. 

And my soul arises and follows thine 
Up the luminous heavenward slope ; 

For thy beautiful footprints make earth divine 
With the glow of a deathless hope. 

On Moosilauke Mountain, N. H.